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Landscapers Advice on Bulbs

There is a lot that landscapers in Dublin and across Ireland need to know about bulbs. Such as daffodils, tulips, crocusos and snowdrops being planted in a hole 3 times deeper than the width of the bulb. Bulb planting can be easy for landscapers. The reason why is that very little can go wrong provided your garden soil is not waterlogged. With proper care and cultivation these bulbs will improve and multiply over the years but with poor handling by landscapers the stock can deteriorate.

There are many lessons that landscapers can learn when it comes to bulbs. Make sure that the site is well drained and fertilised. If the ground tends to be damp, Daffodils will do better than tulips. Wherever possible try to naturalise hardy bulbs by planting them in clumps or drifts around trees or on grassy banks where they can be left to grow undisturbed. Scatter the bulbs over the ground and plant them where they fall, in this way the spacing will provide a natural look.

When flowering is over the leaves must be allowed to remain on the plant. This is the stage when food is produced for next year’s bulbs. If the bed has to be cleared before the foliage has died down, then remove the plants and transfer them to a shallow trench elsewhere in the garden.

A true bulb consists of fleshy or scale like leaves or leaf bases arising from a basal plate. Some such as lilies have no outer cover but most others have an outer cover or tunic – examples are fritillaries, hycainths, grape hyacinths, daffodils. Within the bulb lies the embryo shoot and flower.

Tubers are swollen roots or stems. You can tell that it is not a true bulb because there are no overlapping scales or leaves.

Landscapers Tip

Landscapers should not regard bulbous plants as seeds which can be stored for months on end before planting. A few of the popular ones can be kept in a cool shed for awhile but as a general rule  you should plant them as soon as you get them.