Gardening guru, Ade Sellers, says the time for spring bulb planting is September to December, so for those of you still dawdling – there’s still time!

Pouring over bulb catalogues is inspiring but can be overwhelming with so much to chose from. Leaving it later isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the reduced range can make the decision for you!

When it comes to tulips, they like to be planted in November, daffodils and narcissi can also go in until mid-November and if your quick, alliums should also be ok. Snowdrops and crocuses do need to be in by this time too. So, it’s all to play for.

With this in mind, we have an offer for Dalefoot customers:

When you place your order, request your free bag of bulb compost using code BULB22 in the special instructions box. Or call our sales team on 01931 713281.

Ade, from Agents of Field is on hand (see below) with all the advice you need re getting the very best results from Dalefoot Compost for Bulbs

Spring bulbs are usually planted from September to December, and before the first frost. That way, they have a chance to set roots and become established. However, for tulips, try to wait until at least November. With colder temperatures, there’s less chance of them being affected by the fungal disease, tulip fire, which can result in the browning and distorting of foliage.

Whether you opt for daffodils, tulips or hyacinths, the thing to remember is that bulbs do not like sitting in wet soil as this can cause them to rot. So, good drainage is key. If you have a heavy soil, or an area that can become waterlogged during the winter months, add horticultural grit to the dug hole or pot when planting, and incorporate further grit to Dalefoot Compost for Bulbs, or well-rotted organic matter or to the surrounding soil. If your soil is light, a good compost such as Dalefoot Composts for Bulbs is ideal. Bulbs appreciate a healthy, fertile soil, so this compost is a good addition. If the soil is moist on planting, you may refrain from watering. Otherwise, give the newly-planted area a good soak.

Ade’s full article, including planting multiple bulbs in pots (lasagne planting) can be read here

So, whether it's dolly mixture tulips or tasteful snowdrops, let’s get planting with your free bag of Bulb Compost available until 13th November 2022.


T's & C's

This offer is available between Friday 14th October 2022 and Sunday 13th November 2022. Our website has a standard delivery fee of £10/£15/£25 per order. There is no additional fee for the free bag of compost or delivery. Some postcodes are not covered by our standard delivery charge and may be subject to surcharge. The free bag will be sent to the recipient on the same consignment as their order by Dalefoot Composts. Entrants must state they wish to claim the bags either online in the ‘Special Instructions’ or to our customer service assistants before their order is placed. If unstated, we will not ship the free bags separately. This offer cannot be exchanged for cash. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Open to all UK based Eden Project subscribers aged 18 and over, excluding Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and islands, relatives, partners and employees of Dalefoot Composts. The promoter is Dalefoot Composts. By participating in this offer, customers confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. For more information please contact us via our website at or call us on 01931 713281.


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