Bulbs look a bit like Easter eggs – well they’re brown and some of them are vaguely egg-shaped – and there’s a wide choice available for autumn planting.
Daffodils are perennial favourites. Choose a position that gets at least half a day’s sun. Don’t forget to dig in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting. In cooler climates you can leave the daffodils in the same spot for a number of years, but don’t forget to feed them once they’ve finished flowering. The best way to do this is by watering every couple of weeks with some Thrive Flower & Fruit Plant Food. After flowering the bulb does all the hard work of building up reserves for next year, so this is a vital time to fertilise.
Jonquils look a bit like mini daffodils but they’ll grow in a much wider range of climates. They’re a better choice for leaving in the ground from year to year as they’ll re-flower reliably each winter or spring.
Hyacinths can be grown indoors in pots or hyacinth vases, but remember to keep them in a dark place (or cover the top of the pot) until the shoot has emerged. Then gradually bring them into the light. This will help them to develop strong stems.
Tulips are happiest in cold areas. If you don’t get a cold winter, put your tulip bulbs into the fridge (not the freezer) for a few weeks before planting. Then plant them fairly late (towards the end of May) and enjoy the flower show when it arrives. After that, the simplest thing is to remove the plants and compost them. In cold areas, of course, tulips will be right at home and will last for many years.