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I've just had 36 Alium bulbs delivered. It says not to plant in wet soil and that they like light sandy free draining soil. I didn't realise this when I ordered them, I have heavy sodded clay. I don't really want to put them in pots. Any advise would be gratefully received.


  • You could try digging in as much compost as you can and then sit the bulb on a 2-3 inch layer of grit. 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Get some grit and put in the base of the planting hole. If you can dig in some well rotted manure at the same time that will help lighten the soil as well.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Is there a reason you don't want to put them in pots Annie? They work well in them.

    If you're putting them in a border, mix in loads of grit and compost to the area you're planting. They'll do well enough then. image


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Is it ok to add manure when putting in alliums I've got a vague memory of recently reading that they don't like newly manured ground even if well rotted??

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