It's often the case that bulbs are just thrown into the ground with no care or planning and
although this can often work there are steps that can be taken to produce much more amazing results.
Before planting takes place the soil could benefit from a little attention. Heavy clay earth can be improved by digging in
compost or other organic material, ideally down to around 18 inches.
All bulbs need phosphorous to aid in the development of the roots. The phosphorous needs to be mixed in the soil below the
planting depth of the bulb so that the bulbs roots can get easy access. The bulbs will also benefot from a mix of Bonemeal and Superphospate.
Planting the Bulb
As previously mentioned the planting depth of the bulb is important. It may be best to use a bulb planter as many include
a measure on the side to gauge the depth. Alternatively it could be quicker to loosen the ground to the correct depth over a
large area and simply push the bulbs in the ground and cover with soil.
Lifting and Storing Bulbs
In general bulbs that are to be lifted to protect against frost should be done so six weeks after flowering has finished.
Bulbs and tubers should be stored in a cool but dry airy place in either a paper bag or mesh. They should not be stored in anything that will hold condensation such as a plastic bag as this will cause the bulbs to rot. Bulbs will usually benefit from a dusting of fungicide and a quick check for insects before storing.