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Bridget Langham

Does anyone know where I can get a bulb plater as recommended by Monty Don on last Friday's Gardeners' World?

I just googled what you're looking for and it pulled up a page full of companies

Namely, Crocus, Dobbies(tesco), etc
Grrrrr, beat me to it sotongeoff lol
Caz W

Hi Bridget, you could try - they will probably direct you to quite a few suppliers - or ebay.


Caz W

Those fast fingers of yours beat me too Geoff

Bridget Langham

Thank you all so much - how speedy was that! I should have mentioned that I've trawled the internet and found plenty but want one like Monty's;  lovely old fashioned looking thing!


hollie hock

Have to agree, Monty's looked really good


Take care though, I bought one from a G/C a few years back. I bent it out of shape the first time I used it.

Gary Hobson
Berghill wrote (see)

Take care though, I bought one from a G/C a few years back. I bent it out of shape the first time I used it.

I'd second that opinion.

I also bought one that was very similar to the one being advertised on Amazon. The product was very flimsly, and broke almost immeditately.

If you simply want to make a small hole, in well-tilled earth, then the product will probably work OK. But if you're planting into well-tilled earth, do you really need a borer. Why not just use a trowel.

I was trying to bore into hard clay, for which purpose a tool is needed, and so the result was not surprising. But the product simply didn't do what I wanted. It was completely useless for my purposes.

I didn't actually see GW last Friday, so didn't see what tool Monty actually used. I suspect it was a far more expensive and well-constructed tool than the one being talking about.

I seem to recall that MD's a fan of Dutch garden tools, so I suggest you google Sneeboer or De Wit, both do wooden handled bulb planters, not cheap though!
Gary Hobson

I might add that I bought mine from a 'respectable' garden centre (Wyevale), who were trying to sell it along with their collections of Spring bulbs.

Muvs Dashwood

Figrat you are right Sneeboer do one and it is almost £60. Ah how lovely to have the paypacket of the BBC!



Gary Hobson
Muvs Dashwood wrote (see)

Ah how lovely to have the paypacket of the BBC!

Not necessarily.

You could write to the manufacturer, and say you were writing a review of bulb planters for the Gardeners World website (which you are doing, in effect). You could say you'd heard poor reports of other manufacturers', and would they like to send you a sample of theirs, so you could try it out.

Muvs Dashwood

Would it be at all suspicious if we all wrote? I would like one though.

Bridget Langham

Thanks all, Gary I like to think I'll write but know I won't! I might write to Monty though!






We broke on, but the second was okay. It would have come from a garden centre. 

It dug really neat holes in the lawn, perfect for larger bulbs. I remember bending down all the time anyway to crumble the soil back in. I noticed Monty just popped the whole plug back in. Bulb foliage must be made of stronger stuff than I allowed for!

For clusters of smaller bulbs it was quicker to lift a flap of lawn up & tuck them all under, as they can have closer spacing & less depth.

Where the soil is looser in a flower bed & a lot of bulbs are going in, I find staying down & using a trowel much quicker.