How to plant Saxifraga


Saxifraga are fully hardy will be happy outdoors without frost protection throughout winter. They should be planted between September and early November for best results. They can be planted a little later providing the bubs are still fresh and plump, but no later than December. They won’t store until the following year.

— Saxifraga bulbs can be planted directly outside in borders or patio containers. As the bulbs are naturally small, it is best to start them off in pots so they can establish without competition. They can be grown on outdoors until they are ready to be planted out.

— 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.

— When planting out, choose a position in partial/dappled shade. They looks great edging borders, in rockeries or in stone planters.

— Plant the bulbs around 2-3cm deep with the pointed side facing upwards.

— Space the bulbs around 10-15cm apart from each other.

— 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 the soil becomes dry.

— Leave the bulbs planted in the ground throughout the year. Deadhead after flowering. The leaves will stay green throughout the year and will spread over the years.

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Gracy says: Saxifraga

"Versatile bulbs are happy to naturalize and thrive in relatively harsh conditions. And though each bloom is small, the plants will more than make up for that with the sheer number of flowers they'll produce."

Planting instructions