The Essential Guide to Growing Bulbs in Your Garden
A variety of bulb flowers are available throughout New Zealand, including Anemones, Crocus, Daffodils, Freesias, Hyacinths, Irises, Ixia, Jonquil, Lachenalia, Muscari, Nerines, Ranunculus, Tulips, and Watsonia.
Bulbs can ensure your garden remains vibrant and interesting. With careful selection, you can have bulbs flowering at different times throughout the growing season. From the first snowdrops in late winter to gladioli, Dutch iris and tulips in late spring.
Prime Planting Time
For lush colourful blooms in spring, plant new bulbs or re-plant existing ones from Late-February through till late April and choose a nice sunny, well-drained site. Before planting always check the bulbs growing instructions/label first.
For a vibrant display, plant bulbs in clusters. Don't be afraid to mix and plant different bulbs together to give lovely variations in height and colour.
Selecting the Best Bulbs
Start by picking healthy, well-sized bulbs and make sure to buy them early in the season when there is a wide selection. Inspect the bulbs thoroughly. If they're packaged in groups, do your best to examine each one. Steer clear of any bulbs that feel soft, appear too small, are shrivelled, or show signs of discolouration.
Planting Bulbs in the Garden
Growing Bulbs in Pots