Autumn bulbs

This question was asked by
Ruth M

Advice needed
Been given £20 voucher…
I like white and blue alliums… close flowers and a mix of colourful others.

Hi there,
We have a great offer on alliums:

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)

Allium Gladiator

Allium Gladiator

But we also have lots of other varieties to choose from with lots of offers available on collections, including tulips, daffodils etc:

AUTUMN PLANTED BULBS

Don’t forget you can use TREAT10 code for 10% off your order! 

Tulip

Tulip Grand Perfection

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What flowers to pick for containers

This question was asked by
Linda D – 

I’m a novice on bulbs. I’m after a variety of bulbs that will flower from spring till autumn and give a glorious burst of colour. Different heights so I can make a display that will ‘wow’. Suggestions of what size pot for number of bulbs and which is the best compost and feed etc.

Thanks very much.

Linda

Hi Linda

You have so many different flowers to choose from it really depends on the height, colour and variety you would like. Also, to have flowers all year through, you need to plant them at different times of the year.

On our website, our products are broken down into Autumn Planted Bulbs and Spring Planted Bulbs. You can then search by the flowering months as well so you can have something in flower all year through. For planting in pots, a good-quality, multi-purpose (peat-free) compost will do the trick for most varieties. You can then add a slow release fertiliser (link below) to help them on their way. You can also add horticultural grit to your compost and pots for good drainage. The main rule to planting in pots is to ensure there are drainage holes in your pots or your bulbs will rot.

Slow Release Fertiliser – Easy Feed Pack (SKU18119)

To get full and luscious pots full of flowers, we recommend layering your bulbs like making a lasagne. The Dutch call this a bulb lasagne. Simply plant your bulbs deeper to start with, with the largest or latest flowering bulbs further down, moving to the smallest and earliest flowering on the top layer. The shoots from the lower bulbs will find their way around the other bulbs. The first layer can go as deep as 28-30cm (11-12″), then cover them over with 5cm (2″) of compost, before you place the next layer of bulbs.

Bulb Lasagne

Bulb Lasagne

AUTUMN PLANTED BULBS

SPRING PLANTED BULBS

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Selection of bulbs

This question was asked by
Philip P – 

We would like some help on a selection of bulbs that flower from the beginning of January and then flower throughout the year, they are for our family plot at the crematorium, the space is 2.5 ft by 5 ft, and we would like to plant then all at once, kind regards

Hi Philip

To have flowers in bloom early in the year through to late autumn, you would need to plant them at different times of the year.

You can search on our website for flowering months which will help you plan for this. You will need to look in the Autumn Planted Bulbs section for the earlier flowering varieties and then move to the Spring Planted Bulbs section for the summer through to Autumn flowers. Search by month and this should help you get a long lasting display through out the year. You can also search by height and border position.

Garden flowers

Garden flowers

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Shipping in November

This question was asked by
Laura

Hi
I am looking at buying some dahlia bulbs. Are you still shipping these out? or if I order now will I not receive them until next year. They are for a present and so wanted to clarify the delivery before making the purchase

Thanks, Laura

Hi Laura

Delivery of Dahlia tubers is in february next year. We only have Autumn planted bulbs for this time of year, like Tulips, Alliums etc. You can find all the stock we have left in our end of season sale, however, we are selling out fast.

END OF SEASON SALE

Alternatively, you could order gift voucher and greeting card to be sent as a present.

Gift Certificate and Card by Post (SKU18246)

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How big a pot for Allium Globemaster?

This question was asked by
Graham –

Hi just received my order of Allium Globemaster just wondering if they can be planted in pots if so what size would the pot have to be for 3 bulbs
Cheers Graham

HI Graham

Yes they can be planted in pots – ensure there is plenty of drainage, I would suggest planting 3 Allium Globemaster bulbs in a 18″ patio type pot.

Allium Globemaster (Pack of 3 Bulbs) (harts1111)

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How many tulip bulbs for a 5x5ft bed?

This question was asked by
Susan –

I have a raised bed 5ft by 5ft .l would like to plant tulips in the bed for the Spring. How many bulbs do I need to fill the space?

Hi Susan

It really depends on how packed you would like the bed. For a fuller display, I would recommend planting 100-150 tulip bulbs for this area.

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Daffodils for long flowering display

This question was asked by
David B – 

I could do with about 500 bulbs, different varieties, but split across the flowering time, so we get the longest display.

What can you do?

Hi David

We now have a new sear engine on our website where you can filter the varieties by flowering month. So you could enter May and choose which ones you like, then April and so forth.
Narcissi

I would suggest the following:

March Flowering:

Narcissus ‘Replete’ (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1137121)

Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’ (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts113711)

April Flowering:

Narcissus ‘Tahiti’ (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts11371)

Narcissus ‘My Story’ (Pack of 15 Bulbs) (harts113712212)

May Flowering:

Narcissus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1150)

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Alliums Need to go in pot (whiskey barrel)

This question was asked by
Debbie W – 

Need help with number of bulbs – don’t want them too tall.
Late spring to Early Summer.
Colours blue purple.

HI Debbie

You mention Alliums for potting up into a Whiskey Barrel – some alliums can be quite tall. I would suggest using our filter search at the top of the Allium page and opting for the Low or Medium Heights. This will then show you all the varieties that are not too tall.

Are you wanted to plant other bulbs as well? You can do this by layering your planting. We have more information on our website on how to layer your planting here.

With regards to the number of bulbs, it really depends on the size of the barrel and the size/height of the bulbs you would like to have. For a more fuller and mixed arrangement, I would advise starting with the following:

1 x Pack of Allium Rosy Dream (10 Bulbs)
1 x Pack of Hyacinth Paul Herman (6 Bulbs)
1 x Pack of Muscari Marleen (20 Bulbs)

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