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Bulb planting confusion

Hello. Looking for opinions please. I have a bed with daffs already planted. I’ve just bought some purple sensation allium bulbs and want to plant in the same bed. Do I need to dig up the daff bulbs and move to front of boarder and plant the alliums at the back? Or can I just put them in on top randomly? Thanks!

Bulb planting confusion 11 votes

Dig up daffs and arrange so daffs are at front, alliums at back
Stick them in randomly
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    Stick them in randomly
    However - it depends on the daffs. They're all different in size, so the bulbs may be buried at the same depth, and you many need to accept some will get spliced by the spade. 
    Not all daffs like the drier conditions alliums generally like either.  :)
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,172
     Hi @Suzie Bright,

    If you don't want to risk damaging your daffs .... you could pot up the alliums individually  .... depends how many you've got  :)

    Then, when the daffs are beginning to poke through in the Spring, you can pop the alliums in.

    I did this when I wanted to add more alliums to an existing patch, and it worked really well.

    Bee x

    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Oh good idea! I’ll defo do that! Thanks so much!
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