How to plant Bellevalia bulbs


Bellevalia are fully hardy and prefer to be outdoors throughout winter. They should be planted between September and early December for best results. If you’re not ready to plant them as soon as you receive them, you can store them in a cool, dry place for a short while. They may start to deteriorate from December onwards so it is best to get them planted before then - they won’t store until the following year.

— Bellevalia bulbs can be planted directly outside in borders or patio containers.

— If you have a heavy soil or soil with a high clay content, it is a good idea to incorporate plenty of compost and some grit or sand prior to planting to aid drainage.

— If planting in containers, we recommend using peat-free multipurpose compost.

— Choose a position in full sun or partial/dappled shade.

— Plant the bulbs around 5-10cm deep with the pointed side facing upwards.

— Space the bulbs around 5-10cm apart from each other.

— Cover back over with soil/compost. If the soil is very dry, it’s a good idea to water them in after planting to settle them. They will not require any further watering through winter unless you have very mild winters and the soil becomes dry. They will only require water in spring if it is warm and the soil is dry.

— Leave the bulbs planted in the ground throughout the year. After flowering, the spent flowers can be snipped off, but allow the leaves and stem to fully die back or turn yellow before removing it, as this is feeding the bulb for next year.

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Gracy says: Bellevalia

"There are small but significant differences between bellevalia and muscari. To begin with, bellevalia flower stems are usually somewhat taller, the flowers bigger, and the scent is often sweeter than that of muscari."

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