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Wood Bark and Bulbs

Very much new to gardening, so probably a bit of a dumb question.

I have bark down on my garden and planted some bulbs to grow in spring time under the bark, snow drops, tulips and the type you get in the mixed spring bulbs from B&Q. Will the plants have the strength to grow through the bark or will the bark prevent them from growing?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,635
    Hi @Andy Shaw2,  That rather depends on the size and thickness of the individual pieces.  If you can remember where you planted the bulbs, it might be best to gently rake the bark to one side so the bulbs can poke through. Once you can see them, then you could recover the ground around them. Snowdrops and tulips could probably cope but smaller bulbs might not. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • In this garden even tiny bulbs push up through gravel, shingle, wood-chip and bark with absolutely no bother at all.  
    I don’t think you have any need to worry.  
    Enjoy your garden 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • On the roadway outside our previous garden, grape hyacinths grew through tarmac.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,324
    Not a dumb question at all! Bulbs are amazing things, they can push up through pretty much anything, so I wouldn’t worry either.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,942
    Absolutely not dumb @Andy Shaw2  :)
    They'll be fine, and bark is actually a good backdrop for them to show up against.
    I often use it, although I'm not always organised enough to get it in place at the end of autumn/early winter. 

    Enjoy them all when they pop through your bark  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Cheers for all your responses. I'll look forward to them coming through next spring, just need to keep the dog off them now!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,551
    @Andy Shaw2 
    IMHO the only dumb questions are those you don't bother to ask. 
    None of us knows everything , but most are more than happy to share what knowledge we do have.
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