When to plant bulbs UK

Bulb planting calendar

With this scheme it is easy to find out when to plant bulbs for the desired season. Whether you want flowers for spring, summer or fall.

Planting outside
Flowering time
s = sunnySun loving flowers
p = partial sunPartial shade loving flowers
n = no sunShade loving flowers
►Month ▼Bulbs+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecPlanting distanceDepth 
Anemone            5cm/2”5cm/2”sp
Amaryllis            30cm/12”3cm/1”spn
Begonia            15cm/6”3cm/1”sp*
Grape Hyacinth            5cm/2”3cm/1”spn
Cyclamen            5cm/2”3cm/1”pn*
Dahlia            25cm/10”5cm/2”sp
Freesia            8cm/3”8cm/3”sp
Dutch hyacinth            15cm/6”15cm/6”sp
Scilla            4cm/1.5”6cm/2”spn
Bluebell            4cm/1.5”6cm/2”spn
Siberian squill            7cm/3”5cm/2”sp
Alpine Squill            6cm/2”10cm/4”spn
Indian shot            30cm/12”15cm/6”s
Iris            10cm/4”6cm/2”sp
Ixia            30cm/12”7cm/3”s
Lucky clover            5cm/2”5cm/2”sp
Gladiolus            10cm/4”10cm/4”s
Gesneriaceae            20cm/8”8cm/3”sp*
Adder’s tongue            5cm/2”5cm/2”pn
Kaiser’s crown            30cm/12”20cm/8”spn
Pineapple Lily            15cm/6”5cm/2”sp
Lilies            20cm/8”14cm/5.5”spn
Lily of the valley            root ball5cm/2”n
Desert candles            40cm/16”10cm/4”s
Narcissus            7cm/3”15cm/6”sp
Ranunculus            20cm/8”5cm/2”sp
Snowdrop            7cm/3”10cm/4”spn
Glory-of-the-snow            3cm/1”3cm/1”spn
Scilla            3cm/1”5cm/2”sp
Giant Onion            25cm/10”15cm/6”sp
Jockey’s cap lily            10cm/4”8cm/3”sp
Tulip            10cm/4”15cm/6”spn
Winter aconite            5cm/2”5cm/2”spn
Crocus – autumn flowering            3cm/1”6cm/2”sp
Crocus – spring flowering            3cm/1”6cm/2”sp
Harlequin flower            10cm/4”8cm/3”s
Summer snowflake            12cm/5”12cm/5”sp
Lily of the Nile            20cm/8”10cm/4”s
Star-of-Bethlehem            10cm/4”8cm/3”sp
* Is usually cultivated


  • Flower bulbs should generally be planted at a depth that is three times the height of the bulb. Deeper planting helps protect the bulbs from temperature fluctuations and encourages stable growth.
  • Most bulbs have a specific orientation for planting. Pointed ends usually face upwards, while the flat or root ends should be planted facing downward. Planting bulbs in the correct orientation ensures proper growth.
  • Well-draining soil is crucial for flower bulbs. Bulbs are susceptible to rot if planted in waterlogged soil. Adding organic matter to the soil can improve drainage.
  • To achieve continuous blooms, consider planting bulbs with different bloom times in layers. This technique, known as lasagna planting, involves placing bulbs with later bloom times on top of those that bloom earlier.
  • After flowering, leave the foliage intact until it turns yellow and withers. This allows the bulb to store energy for the next growing season. Bulbs can be lifted and divided every few years to rejuvenate crowded clumps.

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