Gardening: Alan Titchmarsh shares ‘simple rule of thumb’ for planting bulbs

Alan Titchmarsh offers tips for planting daffodil bulbs

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Gardening pro Alan Titchmarsh shared more of his bulb care tips in a 2013 video for Waitrose & Partners. In the video, Alan discussed how to “naturalise” daffodil and crocuses. However, he also mentioned a “simple rule of thumb” that gardeners should follow when planting bulbs.

He said: “The important thing to remember is to plant them all deeply enough and it’s a simple rule of thumb.

“Plant every bulb to three times its own depth.”

Larger bulbs like daffodils will need to be planted more deeply while smaller ones won’t need to go as deep.

Alan added: “If you’ve got little crocuses.. they only need to go a couple of inches down.”

Planting bulbs can be a messy job, especially if you dislike getting your hands dirty.

A good way to plant bulbs without digging up your garden or making a mess is by using a bulb planter.

The sharp, metal head of a bulb planter should be able to cut out a neat plug go earth for planting your bulb.

The bulbs planters are also all a uniform size so the hole should fit every bulb.

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Alan explained further: “You can use, in grass, one of these bulb planters which takes out a core of soil.

“You push it in, twist it and out comes the plug.

“The next time you push it in, that plug will pop out and you keep working backwards one to another.”

Another tip from Alan is to try and plant your bulbs in groups rather than in a line.

He said: “Always try and plant in groups, spacing the bulbs about three inches apart otherwise they look like soldiers if they’re in a row.

“If you want to know how to make a group, grab a lot of bulbs and just hurl them on the ground and plant them where they fall.

“With crocuses you can do a rather neat little trick – you’ll need to do it with the spade.

“Lift up your turf, take a little hole out underneath, plant them in those groups – anything between half a dozen and a dozen bulbs spaced about an inch and a half apart.

“Pull the soil back over them, lightly firm it and then pull back with turf and they’ll come up through the spring.

“Now the thing you have got to remember about bulbs growing in grass is you can’t cut the leaves off once the flowers have faded.

“You’ve got to leave them over six weeks.”

Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer airs on Sunday at 10.25am on ITV

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