How to plant Ipheion bulbs


Ipheion are fully hardy and will be happy outdoors throughout winter without frost protection. They should be planted between September and mid November 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 mid November onwards so it is best to get them planted before then - they won’t store until the following year.

— Ipheion 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. They look great in stone planters and gravel gardens.

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

— Space the bulbs around 5-10cm apart from each other. They look best when planted in groups or clusters.

— Cover back over with soil/compost after planting. 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 it is very mild and dry. They will only require water in spring if it is warm and the soil is dry.

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Gracy's tips: Ipheions

"Most gardeners miss out on these celestial blooms because they simply don't know them, but nurserymen say they're enormously popular when offered in flower on the nursery floor."

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