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Simple rules for planting.

BULBS are not that fussy. But they will flower better if you give them the right conditions.

Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil - the only thing bulbs can't stand is excess water as it makes them rot.

Most like to be planted two to three times as deep as they are tall. Once you have dug your hole, line the base with a layer of grit or sand.

Then plant the bulb using the light bulb technique - push and twist it into the soil as if you're sticking a bayonet bulb into your light fitting.

If you simply place the bulb in the hole without any pressure, you could leave a gap where rainwater will collect and start to rot away at it.

Make sure you plant the bulb the right way up. If in doubt, plant sideways. It will still work that way.

Space the bulbs about two widths apart for optimum spread to give their foliage space.

If you have trouble with squirrels digging them up as a snack, grate a little soap over the bulb to deter them. Then fill in with soil and water in.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 8, 2016
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