How to plant Nectaroscordum bulbs


Nectaroscordum are fully hardy and will be happiest outdoors throughout winter. They don’t require frost protection. They should be planted between September and mid-November for best results, but can also be plated into December. 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 few weeks but ideally no later than early December. They won’t store until the following year.

— Nectaroscordum 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 or soil-based compost.

— Choose a position in full sun or partial/dappled shade. You can also grow them through rough grass.

— Plant the bulbs around 15-20cm deep with the pointed side facing upwards.

— Space the bulbs around 15-20cm apart from each other or slightly closer in containers for a full display. They looks great planted in swathes and clusters or dotted around.

— 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.

— Leave the bulbs planted in the ground throughout the year. After flowering, 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: Nectaroscordum

"Nectaroscordum combine intriguing floral form with multi-coloured florets. You won’t have to look twice to notice them, they get attention thanks to their stature as well as their blooms!"

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