How to plant Hyacinthoides (Bluebells)


Hyacinthoides (or Bluebells) are fully hardy will be fine outdoors without frost protection 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.

— Hyacinthoides 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 partial/dappled shade.

— Plant the bulbs around 10-15cm deep with the pointed side facing upwards.

— Space the bulbs around 10-15cm apart from each other or slightly closer in pots.

— 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.

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Gracy says: Bluebells

"You don't have to replant them every year, and other than liking a fairly well-drained soil, they have absolutely no foibles. It's a plant-and-go solution, and the effect is very pretty indeed."

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