How to plant English bluebell bulbs

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How to plant English bluebell bulbs
Bluebells are easy to plant and bloom in the spring. (SueBurtonPhotography/iStock/Getty Images)

Bluebells -- scientific name Hyacinthiodes nonscripta -- are perennials commonly found in the garden, woodland, meadows and hedgerows. They have bluish-purple bell-like blooms that dangle along a tall stem. The flower blooms in the spring, so first-time planting should occur about six weeks before the ground starts to freeze the autumn before. Bluebells prefer full sun, but will grow in partial shade. They are considered one of the heartier bulbs, since they require little watering or other attention.

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Things you need

  • Nutrient-rich soil
  • Trowel
  • Bluebell bulbs
  • Water
  • Bulb fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Dig a hole with the trowel 7.5 cm (3 inches) deep and slightly larger than the bluebell bulb in the nutrient-rich soil.

  2. 2

    Place the bulb in the hole with the pointed end facing up. Roots will grow from the rounded end, whereas the stem will grow from the pointed end.

  3. 3

    Cover the bulb with soil. If you are planting more than one bulb, make sure to space future bulbs 15 cm (6 inches) apart.

  4. 4

    Water the bulbs in prolonged dry weather. Overall, the plant requires very little water, and should only be watered if the soil is very dry.

  5. 5

    Feed the bulbs with bulb fertiliser each spring when the first stems emerge.

Tips and warnings

  • Bluebells are deer, rabbit and squirrel resistant, so they may be planted in areas with wildlife.
  • Once cut, bluebell blooms do not last long indoors, so if you want to enjoy them indoors, plant them in a pot.

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