John Gibson Daffodils

 

DAFFODILS

On arrival keep the bulbs dry and cool in an airy place until ready to plant. Daffodils should be planted as soon as possible after receipt and certainly before the end of October as bulbs can start to deteriorate, the ground should be well cultivated and moisture retentive but with good drainage, Daffodils do not like to be completely water logged.The ideal aspect is in full sun or light shade; avoid a windy situation unless you are planting  dwarf or miniature varieties

 

 Daffodils should be planted at a depth  3 times the height of the bulb this can mean at least 15 to 20 cm of soil  on top of the bulbs depending on the size and variety,  leave a space equivalent to 2 or 3 Bulbs, they can then be left for several years to develop before you will need to lift and divide

 

 Use a general fertilizer with high Potash, spread this at planting time and give an annual top dressing in the autumn.

 

 After flowering remove the dead flower heads, this prevent seed setting and will direct the energy to the bulb, please let the foliage die back naturally, as post flowering is the most important time when the leaves produce the  energy to build next years bulb and flowers.

 

 When planting Daffodils in pots or containers  use a good quality loam based compost such as John Innes No 2 and plant the bulbs only just below the surface, after planting place the pots outside  in a sheltered spot and do not allow the pots to dry out at any time, you will need to keep a careful eye on them during the growing season,  Once the bulbs are sprouting the pots can be brought indoors into a cool environment, avoid too much heat as this can over force the bulb and could cause the flower to abort.

 

 Once the flowers are over, the bulbs can be  transplanted direct into the garden and allowed  to die back naturally; they may take a season to get back to full vigour.

 

 TULIPS

 

 Keep these dry and cool until you are ready to plant, November is the best time to plant Tulips  choose a well drained situation with full light if possible, however they will tolerate light shade.

Plant around  10 to 12 cm deep and 10 to 12cm apart, if you need to add fertilizer do this at planting time and again as soon as the flowers have faded, high potash general fertilizer is best.

 

 Remove the seed head as soon as the flower starts to fade  allow the foliage to die back completely then lift the newly formed bulbs, clean and store in a cool, dry and airy place.

The species and short Tulips can be left in the ground from year to year, but the Tall Hybrid Tulips do need to lifted annually.

 

 HYACINTHS

These bulbs should be kept cool and dry until ready to plant, September  to October are the best months to plant,  our bulbs are not treated to  prepare them for early flowering, they will flower naturally, early in the spring.

When planting in Bowls and Pots keep the compost moist but never  allow to become waterlogged, as this does cause the bulbs to rot.

When Planting in the garden choose a  well drained soil or improve a heavy soil with the addition of horticultural grit, set the bulbs 12-15 cm deep in full sun.

 

After flowering allow the foliage to die back completely bulbs can be left in the ground for another year but it is best to lift annually