Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Planting bulbs from September to December, before the first winter frost sets in, will result in a beautiful, colourful garden come spring time.

Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Hyacinths, Lily of the Valley, Bluebells, Puschkinia and Fritillarias can all be planted at this time of year.

How to plant spring bulbs

Bulbs are some of the easiest garden plants to grow, needing only a well-drained soil and a bit of sunshine.

As a general rule, plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two bulb widths apart.

Always plant bulbs with the top of the bulb facing upwards.

Replace the soil around the bulbs after planting, breaking down any large clumps. Press the soil in gently around the bulbs.

Planting bulbs in pots

When growing bulbs in a pot, pick a container that is the right size and will complement your chosen bulbs.

  • If you are using a clay pot with a large drainage hole in the base, cover it with a piece of broken pot
  • Use general purpose compost
  • Mix with a handful of horticultural grit to help improve drainage
  • Water regularly after planting


  • Bulbs in pots need more care than those in soil
  • Water pots regularly and keep the compost moist
  • Protect from frost by wrapping with plastic bags over winter.
  • Cover with chicken wire to prevent animals from digging them out