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Hello everyone,
I'm after a little advice please.
I've just taken delivery of some snowdrop bulbs, daffodil & narcissi bulbs, hyacinth bulbs and tulip bulbs and wondering if it's the right time now to plant all but the tulip bulbs which I believe are better left until late October early November? I've read that snowdrops should be planted early autumn (so about now), but wonder if I can get busy with the outdoor hyacinths and daffies now, too?
Thanks in advance.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    I'm surprised that you didn't get planting instructions with your bulbs but you are ok to plant as you said. Snowdrops bulbs are always a gamble as you usually plant 'in the green' 
    I can't remember if they benefit from a soak before planting so check that out.

    Like you always confused by late spring, early autumn etc. I bookmarked this which helps

  • Thanks for the link, K67. I’ll take a look.
    yes, I was a bit surprised at the lack of instructions. All the leaflet said was how deep to plant the bulbs, not when. Looks like it will be fingers crossed with the snowdrop bulbs then. The leaflet didn’t say anything about soaking them, but like I say, it didn’t say much at all.  :smiley:
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,252
    You can plant all of them now. The tulips are left until cooler conditions prevail because of tulip virus. If you live somewhere like I do, you can plant them in October as it's colder then  :)
    The snowdrops can be a bit iffy from dried bulbs, but if you're planting them in the conditions they like  ie a dampish spot, they might take.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I'm new to the forum, hello to all! Re the bulbs, this is my first year planting them and thanks to reading these forums knew to leave the tulips until later, I was impatient to get started though so did plant daffodils and crocus last weekend, I hope they'll take.
  • Thank you you all for your advice.
    I will leave the tulips until later, as I thought that was the case but just wanted confirmation. The hyacinths and daffs will go in this week and the snowdrops will have to take pot luck!  I think the confusion is when the advice says "plant in autumn" does it mean at the beginning, middle or end of autumn, so thank you all for your prompt response to my query.  
    Grassly, you will find the forum really helpful, and, as I have found with this post of mine, clarify or correct any thoughts you have about how or when to do things. Good luck and happy planting.   :)
  • Thanks Red Maple, it's so helpful to have these forums and a way to iron out all the rookie mistakes hopefully! Good luck with your bulbs, I'm sure they will be beautiful
  • Gutted, I was hoping to have snowdrops this year, didn't know about the "in-the-green" thing. Which means really I could wait to buy some and pay a premium for doing so?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,252
    They're pretty inexpensive in the green if you use good, recognised sellers.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720
    I move snowdrops  as bulbs. The trick is not to let them dry out. I lift them and then replant as soon as possible.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,252
    Once established, they seed around readily too.
    I started with 2 tiny pots my sister brought me, with about 3 bulbs in each, 7 years ago.
    There's now at least a dozen clumps dotted around. They're easy to lift and split too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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