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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: When to plant spring bulbs? Can you stagger planting? Reply with quote

Hi to everyone. My questions concerns the planting of daffies, tulips, blue bells, etc.

Firstly is it too early to start planting? When would it be ideal to plant?

Secondly can you stagger planting to extend the display? For instance if I had 200 bulbs of the exact same type of tulip or daffodil, and I planted 25 a week for the next 8 weeks, would I get 6 to 8 weeks of display or would they still come up at the same time...ish.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: When to plant spring bulbs? Can you stagger planting? Reply with quote

avs0020 wrote:
Hi to everyone. My questions concerns the planting of daffies, tulips, blue bells, etc.

Firstly is it too early to start planting? When would it be ideal to plant?


Its not too early avs0020.
Daffodils can go in the soil late August, September or October, and tulips between September and early November.
Start planting as soon as you can as all the best bulbs will be snapped up.

avs0020 wrote:

Secondly can you stagger planting to extend the display? For instance if I had 200 bulbs of the exact same type of tulip or daffodil, and I planted 25 a week for the next 8 weeks, would I get 6 to 8 weeks of display or would they still come up at the same time...ish.


A sneaky gardener can also stagger their plantings at weekly intervals to stretch out the length of time each bulb type will be in bloom for the first year. This then regulates itself in subsequent years.
see here for spreading your spring bulb colour further.... Bulbs sown for spring are an investment in your garden.

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