Our Autumn bulbs are now in stock including tulips, hyacinths, narcissus and crocus. Our range can be found in our greenhouse, plant now for a glorious display in Spring.
Help your bulbs along over the winter period by mulching over the top to insulate them. The key to a marvellous bloom come spring is to keep them fully rested over the colder conditions.
During a mild winter, the soil can stay too warm and the bulbs will begin to come out of dormancy early. Which then becomes a problem as they start to grow, and once the tips emerges above the soil line, they are vulnerable and subject to freezing if the temperatures dip back down below freezing. After the bulbs have emerged, they freeze and then usually don’t bloom at all. And nobody wants that!
Another reason this can occur is because the bulbs are not planted deep enough. As the soil goes through a freezing and thawing process, the bulbs can work their way up in the ground.
Get your Mulch on
In autumn, apply a 3-4 inch layer of well composted mulch. This layer of mulch will maintain a higher moisture content in the soil, which is good as long as the soil isn’t too saturated. Well composted mulch also adds valuable organic matter to the planting bed which makes a great natural fertiliser. It will also act as an insulator and will prevent the soil from freezing for a while, which prevents the bulbs going through a series of short cycles of freezing and thawing. When the temperature drops below freezing the mulch works in reverse and keeps the soil from thawing out too early. Don’t worry if your set areas do freeze as this is actually a plus as the bulbs remain dormant for a longer period of time. When your planted bulbs do finally wake up, they should be safe from the cold and be ready to bloom beautifully throughout spring and summer!