Advice on planting of Bulbs

Spring planting needs to take place as soon as you receive them.  If the bulbs have leaves on, then plant at the same depth as they have been growing.  Wood anemone rhizomes should be planted horizontally at about 3cm depth.

On Arrival – in autumn:

Store in a cool, dry location until you are ready to plant. The sooner you can plant them, the better.

Autumn Bulb Planting:

Bluebells – plant as soon as possible, but definitely before Christmas, at a depth of 7-10 cm (3″-4″) in groups of 4 to 7.  Planting density of around 20/m².  The location should have at least dappled shade but Bluebells do best under the shade of deciduous trees and shrubs as well as under bracken.  They are most abundant in soils of pH 3.5 to 5 and seldom recorded above pH 7.5.

The leaves are vulnerable to damage, so avoid trampling and any cutting should take place after the leaves have died in July.

Wild Daffodils

Found in deciduous woodlands and in damp slightly shaded meadows.  Plant at a depth of 5-8 cm (2″-3″) as early as possible in the autumn.  Planting carried out later can result in damage to the root initials, which will result in poor growth in the first year.  Planting density should be about 12/m².  Note that true wild daffodils can be notoriously shy flowerers.


Snowdrops can be planted both as a bulb, from August to early December, or “in the green” from December through to May.  However, we recommend autumn planting.  Bulbs should be planted at about 5-8cm (2″-3″) depth.  Planting densities of about 15/m².  Snowdrops prefer shady banks and woodlands in heavy loam and moist conditions.  Snowdrops can also grow in grass under trees.  Cutting can take place after the plant has died back.

Wood Anemones

The mature rhizomes can be planted from July through to January at a depth of 3-5 cm (1″-2″).  Planting densities are normally in the range of 7 to 10/m².  The plant thrives in a range of pHs 4.5 to 7.5 in open woodlands.  Do not allow them to dry out before planting.

Ramsons or Wild Garlic

The bulbs are planted from July to December, but can also be planted “in the green” in January through to March.  Planting depth is 5cm.  Planting densities are 6 to 12/m².   Ramsons are found in woodland mainly in soils of pH 6 to 7.5.

Lesser Celandine

Bulbets are planted at a depth of 2.5 cm (1″).  Planting densities are 8 to 16/m². Lesser Celandine is usually restricted to shaded sites in damp soils in the pH range of 4 to 8, but most commonly 6 to 6.5.

Snakeshead Fritillary

Plant in the autumn into damp meadows at a depth of 7-10cm (3″-4″).  Handle bulbs carefully and plant on their sides so that the hollow crown does not retain water.

Last Updated: 16/01/2013