When to plant spring bulbs

I know its about the time to plant them.  I have some aliums and tulips, but with the weird weather we have had everything seems very late in flowering, so I have summer flowers, like geraniums, gazanias, coleus where I want the bulbs to be in spring.  Shall I chuck all my flowers now and put the bulbs in?

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806
    ClaireCat wrote (see)

    I know its about the time to plant them.  I have some aliums and tulips, but with the weird weather we have had everything seems very late in flowering, so I have summer flowers, like geraniums, gazanias, coleus where I want the bulbs to be in spring.  Shall I chuck all my flowers now and put the bulbs in?


    There is still plenty of time to plant bulbs- and leave tulips till November anyway-enjoy your flowers-wait a few weeks and plant the bulbs

    Honestly-it will make little difference

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,656

    Small bulbs like snowdrops, crocuses, scillas and so on need to be planted as soon as possible or they'll dry out and fail but they can usually be inserted between plants that are still busy looking good.    You can soak them for an hour in cool water to rehydrate them and give them a better chance of success.

    Tulips can wait till late October or November as they can be prone to blight if planted too early.    Daffs and hyacinths and alliums can wait a month as long ast they're kept somewhere cool and don't dry out.

     When I was tidying up the garage at the end of Feb I found some packets of alliums I'd forgotten about and planted them out and, while not all of them flowered, many did and most produced foliage so I should get decent flowers this next spring.

     

    The Vendée, France
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Daffodils need planting now, they really need a long growing season before flowering.  Alliums any time in the next month or so, ditto most of the other small spring bulbs , don't plant tulips until November, even into December.  

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    You could always plant up some daffs in pots, then either sink the pots into the border, or plant them out when space becomes available.
  • Daffodils should be planted by end of October, which gives you a little time to enjoy your other flowers.    I usually try and squeeze mine in between the summer plants, using a narrow bulb-planting trowel.    Tulips should never be planted until November, as others have said.

  • I have tulip and allium bulbs to go in a container in my front south facing garden.

    Do the allium bulbs need some time in a container in a cool shady/dark area before going in with the tulips? Or just plant straight out out with the tulips like i planned this weekend?

    I read on another website that alliums need extra cold/dark time????

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806
    somerset steve wrote (see)

    I have tulip and allium bulbs to go in a container in my front south facing garden.

    Do the allium bulbs need some time in a container in a cool shady/dark area before going in with the tulips? Or just plant straight out out with the tulips like i planned this weekend?

    I read on another website that alliums need extra cold/dark time????


    I have never heard of this-the dark/cool period usually applies to growing forced bulbs indoors-usually hyacinths

    In any case in a container outside they will be both dark and cool?

     

  • image you were right - looks like in my haste to find advice on the net about planting various bulbs i clicked on article about forcing alliums without realising!

    My problem is last year i completely missed the window for planting bulbs and now this year in effort to be proactive i keep having ideas on what to do around the garden preparing for next spring and not knowing what to try first! image

  • I have planted alliums/daffs/tulips. I just noticed tiny little green shoots appearing, is this because i shouldn't have planted the tulips yet?

    The cheap bulbs i bought didn't really have instructions on them, just heights and colours.

    darn!

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