Spring bulb planting how-to


Light up your garden and give it a glow with spring bulbs.

It’s the easiest gardening ever. Anyone can grow beauties like daffodils, tulips and crocus. Simply plant the bulbs, then sit back and watch them burst into bloom.

We have a great range at QVC and it’s a good idea to buy your bulbs as soon as you can, as the best ones sell out fast.

For top results, size matters! Buy the biggest bulbs you can get – they’ll produce the finest flowers. The only exception to this rule are hyacinths. And if you’re buying bulbs from the garden centre, give them a good squeeze to make sure they’re firm and plump as soft bulbs don’t grow as well.

Generally the sooner you plant them, the earlier they’ll flower. But tulips are best put in a bit later, in early November. It’s important to plant all bulbs deep enough, ideally two to three times the height of the bulb. So a bulb that’s 3cm from tip to toe should be planted around 9cm deep.

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If you’re growing bulbs in pots, use a good multi-purpose compost. I also like to plant a few in the border, in well drained soil. Bulbs hate getting waterlogged, so if you’ve a heavy clay soil (like Simon Biagi’s), pop a handful of gravel in the bottom of the planting hole.

Once the bulbs are in, cover them over with soil/compost and then label them. You might think you’ll remember what you planted, but if you’re like me, you won’t!

My best buys:

  • Daffs (largest bulbs pictured): Dutch Master and Carlton are the finest tall daffs, Tete-a-Tete is the best miniature
  • Tulips (medium-sized bulbs): Angelique (pink) is mouthwatering, as is Princess Irene(orange) and White Triumphator
  • Crocus (smallest bulbs below): pick the early flowering Cream Beauty, Snowbunting , Blue Pearl and Advance


Here are two top tips to get even more colour from your pots:

Double the colour

1. Plant one layer of bulbs, slightly deeper if possible, then sprinkle some compost on top of them


2. Then, plant another layer of the same variety of bulbs in between the noses of the first layer of bulbs


3. Cover with compost, and fill to the top of the pot and firm down gently and water well

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Grow 100 days of colour in one pot

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x large pot (approximately 40cm wide)
  • 10 x golden yellow daffodils
  • 10 x rockery tulips
  • 15 x species crocus
  • 6 x violas
  • 20 litres of multi-purpose compost (hopefully mine! Click here to take a look)

1. Put a 5cm layer of compost on the bottom of the pot. Pop in the daffodils, spacing them slightly apart so the bulbs aren’t touching

2. Sprinkle on some more compost so you can just see the noses of the daffodils peeking through. Place the tulips in between the gaps.


3. Add more compost and put the crocus bulbs in between the tulips


4. Top up with compost, plant the violas around the edge and water well.


5. Keep the pot well watered over winter. The crocus will be the first to flower- depending on the weather it will be anytime from late January onwards. They’ll be followed by the daffodils and once they finish, the beautiful tulips will take over.


That’s around 100 days of colour from one container – it’s a blooming sensation.

Click here to visit our garden department online and stock up on your spring bulbs and equipment

Happy gardening!


  1. Valerie Thompson September 17, 2016 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Will R J premium natural fertiliser be effective on my borders if they are already covered with bark to prevent weeds from growing.

  2. Maureen Thomas September 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    I did find the bulb planting a really big help .I only have limited ace and I can have more flowers and not pots thank you

  3. Maureen Thomas September 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    I found the example of how to layerbulbs a great help

  4. Meli Howlett September 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Richard I’m considering buy Thompson & Morgan 72 Pansy Matrix item number 508 392. My pots and troughs are the following sizes:
    Pots x 2 are 12″ wide by 8″ deep
    Pot x 1 is 21″ wide by 6.5″ deep
    Troughs x 4 are 13.5″ long x 8″ wide x 6″ deep
    Tub x 1 18″ wide by 15″ deep
    How many of the above Pansy’s can I plant in each receptacle?
    Thank you I look forward to hearing from you soon, before they sell out.

  5. Maureen BirdWard September 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Is it normal for a rhododendrum to be flowering at this time of year?
    My Golden Gate Rhodo is breaking into flower now it,s not waiting for Spring it has been well fed and watered all Summer.Thank You.

  6. pamela Richards September 30, 2016 at 6:15 am -  Reply

    excellent I like the view so you can see what you are doing thank you Richard and I AM GLAD OF THE ADVICE ON Tulip bulbs will plant later in November very helpful looking forward to every season in my garden thank-you

  7. Christine brunt October 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Have just planted up my bulbs in this way hope to get a good display, richard what do i do with all the little bulbs that formed from last years bulbs? Thank you for your great tips

  8. QVC Copywriters October 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Meli, here you go:

    12in pots…5/7 plants

    21in tub….11plants

    Troughs…9 plants each, [planted in triangle formation

    18in tub…15 plants

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