Planting of Fritillaria Imperialis

This question was asked by
Valerie

Hi, we are just about to plant the bulbs you sent us , we are putting them in pots, the card with them says to put sand in the hole, does this mean the hole in the bulb or the hole underneath the bulb? Thank you V Terry

Hello there

You can add sand, grit or gravel to the hole you’ve dug for the bulbs to improve the condition of the area for planting, this is allows water to drain more freely.

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Planting my Fritillaria rubra.

This question was asked by
Mrs Josephine Hickmam

I have quite a large pot to plant my fritillaria in and was wondering if I can plant other things in while waiting for it to grow. Things like cyclamen,heather, Pansy\’s snowdrops and anemones.

Yes you can – you can layer the planting like a lasagne. Remember to plant your Fritillaria on their side so the hole doesn’t get waterlogged.

Fritillaria

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Fritillaria

This question was asked by
Louis Henry

After the stems have gone brown and died down do you lift the bulbs or just water the compost. They are in a pot?

When the Fritiallaria Imperialis has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Once it has died back completely, you can remove the stem and foliage. Leave them where they are but ensure adequate drainage. Fritillaria Imperialis can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
If planting in borders in the garden, the soil must be well drained and, preferably, sandy.
If planting in pots, make sure the Fritiallaria Imperialis are kept moist but do not get waterlogged.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.

The Hart Family