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How to Plant a Bulb Lasagne

What is a bulb lasagne? – we hear you cry!

No, we’re not on about that amazing Italian dish oozing with cheese, a bulb lasagne is actually a fantastic way to create containers of beautiful bulbs that can last for months! We’re talking about layering different types of bulbs in a container, in order to create a dazzling display. The largest bulbs tend to go at the bottom, with the smaller ones at the top. Don’t worry about the ones on the bottom hitting the others on the way up, they have a fantastic ability to curve around the bulbs above them! Isn’t nature amazing!

Which bulbs are best?

Most spring flowering bulbs will be ideal. They are usually planted in autumn time so you can use any bulbs that need planting at this time of year. Some common bulbs used for bulb lasagne include:

  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Allium
  • Crocus
  • Hyacinth
  • Snowdrop
  • Iris

How to plant a bulb lasagne?

  1. Find a *suitable pot, large or small, just make sure it has drainage holes.
  2. Half-fill your pot with Bulb Planting Compost.
  3. Next we need to add the bulbs in layers. Start with the largest, latest flowering bulbs that have the deepest planting depth. Place them on your compost, they can be quite close together in a bulb lasagne, just leave at least one bulb’s width between them.
  4. Cover with a layer of compost, and add the next type of bulb.
  5. Continue to work your way up through your bulbs, planting them at their appropriate planting depth, in order of flowering time, with a layer of compost between each. TOP TIP – the planting depth should be 2-3 times the height of the bulb.
  6. Once all your bulbs are planted in layers, with the smallest, earliest flowering bulbs on the top layer, cover with plenty more Bulb Planting Compost, water in well, and place in a spot in the garden that will get plenty of sunlight.
  7. Your bulb lasagne won’t need watering too often as hopefully, the rain over the winter months will be enough, but if we have a particularly dry spell, you may want to water it to stop the compost from drying out too much.
  8. You can plant winter bedding plants on top of your bulb lasagne if you would like to add interest, or maybe top it with decorative plant toppers, such as broken shells, to add a different colour!

*Typically a bulb lasagne are planted in a large, reasonably deep container, at least 30cm in diameter. If space is limited, you can easily plant a bulb lasagne in a much smaller pot, even a windowsill planter will do, three types of bulbs will do the trick – perfect for small spaces or balcony gardens!

Don’t limit your lasagne to spring flowering bulbs, how about trying a summer flowering bulb lasagne? You’ll need to wait until Spring to plant using bulbs such as gladioli and dahlias! The possibilities are endless!