Bulbs Of Beauty

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Beautiful bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, jonquils, freesias and anemones are available for planting during autumn. Planted in clumps or drifts in cool and temperate gardens, they can create a traffic stopping display. Or a few pots full of colourful and fragrant bulbs can brighten a sunny courtyard or veranda.

Wherever you have room for bulbs, soil preparation will make all the difference, giving the bulbs the best possible start. Mixing some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil not only improves and enriches the soil or potting mix, but also will provide bulbs with organic, slow release nutrients as they send out their new roots.

And think about planting some flower seedlings amongst your bulbs. Flowers such as pansies, violas and alyssum are low growing and will help to fill in the gaps between bulbs and provide continuing colour as the bulb flowers eventually fade. Imagine yellow pansies with yellow daffodils for an explosion of sunshine or pink English Daisies with pastel ranunculi and anemones for a beautiful cottage look.

Here are the easy steps to plant up a container with spring flowering bulbs:

  1. Fill a well-drained container with a quality potting mix like Yates® Premium Potting Mix
  2. For small pots, choose petite varieties like spring stars (tritelia), mini daffodils and babiana. If you have a large container, you can grow larger bulbs like giant freesias and Dutch iris.
  3. Plant bulbs with the pointy end up (except for anemones and ranunculus) and around twice their height deep. For example, for a bulb that’s 5 cm from top to bottom, dig a hole that’s 10 cm deep. You can plant bulbs quite close together (so they’re almost touching).
  4. Place the container in a sunny spot, keep it moist and watch for the first shoots to poke through the potting mix.
  5. Apply Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food each week to keep the bulbs well nourished.

Poppies and primulas
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Yates® Iceland Poppy Artist’s Glory seed are beautiful annuals that produce a glorious late winter / early spring display of gold, lemon, apricot and salmon coloured blooms with crinkled petals. They can be mass planted in eye catching drifts in a sunny garden bed or grown in pots to brighten outdoor entertaining areas. Flowers can also be cut for a vase.

Yates® Iceland Poppy Artist’s Glory seed can be sown during March into trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix. Seedlings will start to emerge in 10 – 14 days and can be transplanted when large enough to handle.

Yates Fairy Primrose Primula is another way to add splashes of bright floral colour into the late winter and spring garden. Dainty vibrant pink flowers sit on top of 20-25 cm stems that rise from compact clumps of ruffled foliage. They’re perfect for growing in either full sun or part shade in both garden beds and pots and can create lovely a combination when planted around spring flowering bulbs.

As primula seed is fine and delicate, just press seed lightly into a tray of Yates Seed Raising Mix (seeds need light to germinate), keep moist and transplant the seedlings into their final position when they’re large enough to handle.

Flower care: protect new poppy and primula seedlings from destructive snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem™ Snail and Slug Pellets. Once the poppy and primula seedlings are established, feed each week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s specially formulated for flowering plants, with the right balance of nutrients to encourage both healthy green leaf growth and lots of beautiful flowers.


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