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When to plant spring bulbs

RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
My order of approx 1000 spring bulbs has just arrived after I preordered them in June. There's no planting guides so just wondering if people could recommend the best time to plant each type of bulb? I am in Derbyshire and most will be planted in full sun. With so many bulbs I want to make sure I give them the best chance possible by planting at the right time. 

Daffodils (mixed)
Tulips (triumph, negrita)
Snowdrops (nivalis galanthus)
Alliums (mixed tall)
Crocus (specie)

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,881
    Snowdrops will grow better planted in the green so best to buy in Spring and plant then,  also they are woodland plants so prefer a damp shady spot.
    Daffodils and Crocus in September, plant three times the depth of bulb.
    Tulips in November, plant deep. 
    Plant the Alliums in the autumn a good 6” deep. 

    Im sure others will have a completely different approach so wait for some more comments to come and split the difference 😀
    whatever you do I’m sure you’ll have a lovely display from February to May.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,148
    I 'd normally be able to plant all of those now, but snowdrops do best if bought in the green in spring and planted then.  However, as you've already bought the snowdrops, plant them and keep them moist if you're in a drier area.
    Tulips are normally left until later in the year so that conditions are cooler, which helps prevent them getting tulip virus.

    All those bulbs -plant as @Lyn describes.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    And of course always check the website of your supplier for more information, glad that companies don't make needless bits of paper and actually many now use non plastic netting and bags for bulbs. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    Lyn said:
    Snowdrops will grow better planted in the green so best to buy in Spring and plant then,  also they are woodland plants so prefer a damp shady spot.
    Daffodils and Crocus in September, plant three times the depth of bulb.
    Tulips in November, plant deep. 
    Plant the Alliums in the autumn a good 6” deep. 

    Im sure others will have a completely different approach so wait for some more comments to come and split the difference 😀
    whatever you do I’m sure you’ll have a lovely display from February to May.
    Ah thank you I'll hold off on the tulips and get the others in sooner rather than later. It's going to take me a while (the toddler slows me down quite a bit) so may be November by the time I've finished them all anyway 🤣
  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    Fairygirl said:
    I 'd normally be able to plant all of those now, but snowdrops do best if bought in the green in spring and planted then.  However, as you've already bought the snowdrops, plant them and keep them moist if you're in a drier area.
    Tulips are normally left until later in the year so that conditions are cooler, which helps prevent them getting tulip virus.

    All those bulbs -plant as @Lyn describes.  :)
    Perfect thanks I think I'll put the snowdrops in the front garden instead then as it's more shady and damp. They were only a few ££ extra to add onto the order so thought I may as well try!
  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    And of course always check the website of your supplier for more information, glad that companies don't make needless bits of paper and actually many now use non plastic netting and bags for bulbs. 
    There's only very basic info on the website. Essentially they all say 'plant from sept to dec'. I think cos it's a wholesale website they assume people know what they're doing... alas I do not 🤣

    When I ordered a few bulbs from another website last year I was sent a very thick booklet with basic info on how to plant almost every single type of plant they sold, it seemed such a waste and wasn't even very helpful for the bulbs I had actually ordered!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,148
    Always a good idea to ask @Rullah. Fingers crossed that they all do well for you.  :)

    If you need any more info, have a look on this- it might be of some use 
    https://www.peternyssen.com/inspire-me
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,084
    As has already been said, leave the tulips until November (or even December). For the rest, given that you need to spread out the planting, I would do them roughly in order of flowering - snowdrops, then crocus, then daffodils, and then alliums. I planted dry snowdrop bulbs last autumn and almost all came up, so planting in-the-green isn't  essential.

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