For the past two weeks I’ve been dropping postcards around the local area with an offer for free daffodils from us here at the Bell Plantation. If you haven’t had one shoved through your letterbox yet then you either live too far away, are too difficult to get to or just haven’t been delivered to yet.

Seeing as we’re so generously giving loads of daffodil bulbs away I thought i’d give you a few tips on how to plant them….

When to Plant

  • Daffodils are ideally planted in early Autumn (hence why we are giving them out now) through to about the end of October.
  • The roots will start to grow straight away and you may see the shoots emerging as early as December, but its more likely to be January – February.

Where to Plant

  • Daffodil bulbs can be planted in a variety of places in your garden. Like in the photo above I often plant my daffs in beds to liven them up and give them more colour.
  • They also look great in containers and pots which sit nicely on patios and close to your house. They can bring lots of colour to an often dull looking patio area.
  • But by far my favourite place to plant daffodil bulbs is in more natural settings such as under and around trees and in random beds in the garden. To achieve this natural look its best to just drop the bulbs randomly and plant them where they land.

How to Plant

  • When planting in the garden make sure you dig your bulbs in to about 5-6 inches in depth.
  • Just dig a trowel into the soil and pull up a slug of soil, place the bulb in underneath it and crumble the soil back in on top.
  • When planting in a pot or container pick something that is an appropriate size that has a drainage hole. Fill it with multipurpose compost and dig the bulbs in. Try to keep them about 5 – 6 inches apart.

Other News from the Bell Plantation

We’ve just got in a load of new great Womens Wellies – Check out Debs sporting them below.

We’ve got Roger Lloyd Pack coming for dinner tomorrow night – Very exciting.

We’ve still got a few places on our Christmas Choclate making course in November – Complete with a glass of mulled wine….yum!

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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