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14/03/2013 at 13:43

Hello, I am a new gardner so this will probably be the first of many questions...

I have several bags of summer bulbs, which helpfully say 'plant January to June'. That is all. I now realise that it's not that simple and I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me when to plant outside, whether it's worth starting them off indoors and anything else I should do. The bulbs (actually some may be corms) are:

Gladiolus

Ranunculus

Fresia

Lily (Oriental I think)

Should I be planting these now or do I need to wait a bit?? Thanks in advance for your help!

14/03/2013 at 13:54

All those can be planted now-in the garden-the smaller "bulbs"-might do better in containers so they don't get lost

They are hardy in the UK-the things to be careful of at the moment are dahlias etc -too early for those- but they can be started off under cover.

14/03/2013 at 14:07

Ok here goes-

Gladiolus- plant 10+cm/4-5ins deep between March/May. They should flower July-Oct. The corms then should be lifted in Oct & stored dry/frost free until the next Spring. If you live in a very warm part of UK you could possibly risk well mulching them in the Autumn & leaving in situ- but I'm not sure about that.

Ranulculus- plant claw-side downwards 2.5cm/1in deep in well drained sunny site, again march/April. Some however prefer moister soil, part shade, so it depends on variety. Again those in sun apparently need storing dry over winter.

Freesia- grow in sheltered, sunny garden spot. 5cm/2ins deep late April/May. No point in trying to keep- discard once flowers finished.

Lily- a well-drained spot, but enriched compost. Sun best or part shade possible. If pot grown, plant now. March usually the start time for them. Plant deep 6-8ins/15-20cms. Pot grown ones can be overwintered next to a wall/behind a shed & repotted/restarted next Spring. Lily beetles love them so watch out for signs of attack.

Hope that helps, J.

14/03/2013 at 14:33

Brilliant, thank you both for your advice. Thanks also for tips about overwintering - I thought they could simply be left in the ground like daffodils...

I'm now very excited about planting some of my my bulbs this weekend!

 

14/03/2013 at 21:25

All good advise. I'd been wondering when to plant my gladiolus, nice to know they can be planted anytime now. There are about 40 to 50 bulbs saved from last year, dwarf and tall varieties but all mixed up now, should have labelled them.

Jo/Geoff. Am I right in thinking the smaller bulbs are dwarf gladiolus or can't you tell at this stage. Some are only the size of cherry tomatoes where others are as big as golf balls.  

14/03/2013 at 21:30
Do gladioulus (sp?) come up again having been in pots ?
14/03/2013 at 22:02

Zooms a bit difficult to tell-but chances are the smaller corms are the dwarf ones

Yes Bunny

14/03/2013 at 22:42
Whhhhooooooop , shall I feed them yet ?
15/03/2013 at 00:17

i dont feed my gladiolus till theyre in flower and they have come up lovely for 9 yrs now

 

15/03/2013 at 00:23

best company for lillies to buy and for advice is harts nursery

15/03/2013 at 07:45

So if I put my gliadiolus in pots, can they be left outside in the pots over winter? If not, how about in the garage? There's no light in there whatsoever, but I guess that doesn't matter for dormant bulbs.....?

15/03/2013 at 07:46
Thanks tongueincheek
15/03/2013 at 14:01
PaperFlowers wrote (see)

So if I put my gliadiolus in pots, can they be left outside in the pots over winter? If not, how about in the garage? There's no light in there whatsoever, but I guess that doesn't matter for dormant bulbs.....?

The garage should be fine for winter storage, as long as it doesnt get really cold in there. A covering of fleece/old net curtain should help if the winter arctic. I'd wait until all the leaves have finally died off before storage- if you cut them back too soon the food store in the corms could be reduced & so result in less growth/flowers the following yr. BTW I'd either repot every yr or at least replace the top couple of inches of compost in the pot in the following spring. J.

15/03/2013 at 15:30

Thanks Jo

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