What should you be planting now? month by month advice
Bulbs to Flower on Christmas Day without the Aid of a Greenhouse
Most of the Christmas bulbs are now grown in bulb fibre, but hyacinths and other bulbs have been grown in water containers ever since they were first introduced into Western Europe. If you want to have a go at this here are a few pointers to bear in mind: -
• Use only top size bulbs. Smaller bulbs lack the stored nutrients to provide satisfactory results.
• Rainwater is preferable to tap water.
• The base of the bulb should be just above the water level.
• Add charcoal to the water to preventit going sour.
• Check regularly for water evaporation.
• Keep the containers in a cool dark room until the roots have formed and the bulbs begin to shoot. A dark cupboard or cellar is ideal.
• Do not rush the bulbs into flower. Most are native to cooler mountainous regions and need cool conditions to fully develop their root systems.• Otherwise, follow the same instructions as you would for growing in fibre
• Gradually introduce to light and warmth.
After flowering plant the bulbs out in the garden.
Detailed instructions are included with your order and in the catalogue or can be followed by following the links on our web site. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us directly for any advice you may require, we are always happy to hear from you.
Our Christmas hyacinths have been specially prepared to flower earlier than the forcing of regular hyacinths would allow. They are harvested earlier than other hyacinths and treated in humidity chambers to advance the development of the flower embryo. This process is not completed until early September, bulbs offered before this should be avoided.
Daffodils and bunched narcissi always bring welcome cheer at this time of year. Particularly enjoyable and easy to grow on pebbles are the Paperwhites. The pebbles should be nearly up to the neck of the bulb to make sure they are sufficiently anchored.
The dramatic Amaryllis are always stunning at this time of year. Our bulbs, sized at 30-32 cm are guaranteed to give a stunning display far superior to those bought elsewhere.
Our lily of the valley have been kept in ice from the previous spring and planted at the end of November make remarkable growth to flower for Christmas.
It may be too early to wish you a happy Christmas but with a little planning you will have a Christmas filled with a traditional floral aroma and the beauty of the flowers themselves.
Enjoy your garden