Spring-flowering bulbs, which include daffodils, jonquils, tulips, hyacinths, freesias and more, highlight the change of season say farewell to winter and welcome spring. Many bulbs begin flowering in late winter bringing welcome cheer to the garden.
These plants are planted in autumn when the bulbs are dormant but potted plants are available in flower in spring. Bulbs can be grown in gardens or in containers and most re-flower year after year.
Aspect Bulbs need a sunny location with full sun for most of the day. If grown with too much shade, they may fail to flower. As bulbs die back by early summer, they can be grown in areas with summer shade such as under the canopy of deciduous trees and shrubs as these areas are sunny through winter and spring.
Soil Bulbs grow in a wide range of soils but do best with good drainage. Bulbs may rot in poorly drained soils. Apply Seasol Plant + Soil Booster to the soil when planting bulbs to help revitialise soil and improve bulb growth.
Climate There are spring-flowering bulbs to grow in all climates but most do best in areas with cold winters. In subtropical and tropical zones select freesias, paperwhite narcissus and jonquils to naturalise in the garden. Bulbs that require winter chilling such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths need to be treated as annuals in warm zones.