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As part of the continued Spalding Festival, we will give you tips about growing your new bulbs. This will ensure that you can enjoy the bulbs you ordered for many years. The bulbs will repeatedly amaze you by providing a stunning carpet of colour.

 Don’t worry, it is not difficult: After planting the bulbs, you have to do little more than worry! In each garden there will be a ‘best place’ to find where bulbs will naturalise more successfully. This may be near shrubs and trees, in borders or in the lawn. For a more natural effect, you should avoid mixed groups and planting in straight lines.

First, be sure that the planting area is a spacious place where the bulb can multiply itself, and nature continues to do her work. It’s a very straightforward process as long as you choose bulbs that are robust. Click here to see what bulbs are suitable for naturalising.

 Once they have flowered you can deadhead if you wish but leave the leaves to yellow and die back. Once they have completely withered they can be removed.

 When the bulbs first appear in spring divide congested clumps where necessary and replant immediately. Alternatively they can be dried and stored.

Naturalising in the lawn
If you wish to have naturalised bulbs in your lawn, the grass can be mown as the when the bulb is completely dead. This may be from 6-8 weeks after the flowering period of the bulb. For this reason, it is easy to plant early flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, crocuses, snow fame, star hyacinths and early flowering daffodils.

Even easier: buy a package with naturalising bulbs!

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