Time to think about spring bulbs

Flowering bulbs like jonquils, hyacinths and freesias fill the air with fragrance during late winter and spring and tulips, daffodils and anemones can create swathes of gorgeous colour or brighten an outdoor area when grown in a pot.


Whatever your favourite spring flowering bulb is, it’s time to start planning! A little preparation now will result in much healthier bulbs and a gorgeous floral show.

Here are some tips to help create a fantastic display

  • In a sunny location out in the garden, enrich the soil in the planting area with some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It’s a rich source of organic matter that will help improve the structure of the soil, encourage earthworms and beneficial microorganisms and provide the newly planted bulbs with gentle, slow release organic nutrients to promote good early bulb growth. * For potted bulbs, choose a pot with good drainage holes and fill with a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. When planting bulbs in a pot, they can be grown quite close together, which helps create a lovely dense look.
  • Follow the directions on the bulb pack as to how deep to plant the bulbs and ensure that you plant them the right way up!
  • Water the garden bed or pot after planting to help settle the soil or potting mix around the bulbs.
  • As soon as the first leaves emerge, you can start to feed the bulbs each week with a high potassium plant food such as Yates Thrive Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which encourages healthy growth and helps promote future flowers.
  • Potted bulbs will need regular watering to ensure they have enough moisture.

Spread the love!


The bright little petaled faces of pansies are one of the delights of the cooler months. Whether you have a bare spot in a sunny or partly shaded garden bed or want to brighten a courtyard or balcony with some flower packed pots, pansies provide a splash of happy colour.

Oasis Horticulture has a range of the prettiest spreading pansies, which will grow to around 45 – 60 cm in diameter.

They become smothered in flowers during autumn and winter and are fantastic as garden bed fillers and to cascade over the edges of containers, hanging baskets and retaining walls. Varieties include purplish pink ‘Raspberry’, multi coloured ‘Fire’ and light mauve and white ‘Morpho’.

To create an additional wow factor, combine spreading pansies with late winter and spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, jonquils tulips, hyacinths, freesias, hyacinths and anemones, which become available from March. 

If you’re in the sub tropics, try babiana and baby gladioli. The pansies will provide a beautiful carpet of flowers and then the bulbs will pop through the pansies and begin their gorgeous floral display.


Here’s how to grow this eye catching combination at your place, in either a garden bed or container

  1. In a sunny or partly shaded spot, improve the soil (or potting mix) first by digging in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It adds valuable organic matter which benefits soil structure, encourages earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms and helps hold moisture in the soil.
  2. The bulbs are planted first. Most bulbs are planted with the pointy end up (except for anemones and ranunculus) and around twice their height deep. Check the bulb packet label for guidance.
  3. Cover the bulbs with soil and then plant the pansy seedlings. Be careful not to disturb or damage the bulbs below. Plant the pansies around 45 – 60 cm apart.
  4. It’s ideal to then apply a layer of mulch around the pansies to help keep the soil moist and protected.
  5. Apply a light scattering of Yates Blitzem™ Snail and Slug Pellets around the garden bed to attract and kill any snails and slugs that might have their eye on your new seedlings.
  6. After a fortnight start feeding each week with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s as easy as mixing in a watering can and applying over the seedlings and surrounding soil. Yates Thrive will encourage healthy leaf growth on the pansies as well as promoting lots of colourful flowers. It will also nourish the bulbs as they start to grow in a few months time.

You'll need

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.