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Tulip, daffodil, and allium bulbs in your garden are much easier than you think.

We don’t know if it’s still that bad, but there was a long time when a lot of the bags of flower bulbs that were bought every year never ended up in the ground. It was always a cheerful present and you also became a bit happy when you saw the cheerful packaging in the garden center. A problem was always the work or the right time. Another tricky point is that everyone thinks that the flower bulbs had to be taken out of the ground after flowering to dry and then planted out again in the autumn.

We are happy to tell you how flower bulbs make you happy. The principle is very easy; a few holes in the ground, the bulbs right side up in the planting holes, a layer of soil over it and wait a few months for them to flower.


White flowering bulbs that lend themselves to forcing in early spring are, for example, Narcissus ‘Paperwhite’, white hyacinths, crocuses or tulips and Amaryllis, but also white grape hyacinths. You can read how to do that in the description below.
bulbs Bulbs and tubers can be divided into spring bloomers, summer bloomers and autumn bloomers in terms of flowering period. They can all be favored.
The spring bloomers, which are planted outside in the open ground in October, bloom there between February (snowdrop) and the end of May (tulips) . The summer bloomers (tuber begonia, dahlias, etc.)are only planted outdoors after the last frost, mid-May, and then bloom during the summer months. The fall bloomers (for example, Colchicum or fall crocus , and late-blooming Crocus ) are also planted in spring, but don’t flower until September or October.
Spring bulbs that lend themselves well to being pulled are, for example , narcissus, hyacinth, grape hyacinths, Crocus, autumn crocus (Colchicum) and Amaryllis . Many bulbs that are grown early indoors must be pre-processed. Only Amaryllis and Narcissus ‘Tazette’can be planted immediately without additional treatment. There are pre-treated bulbs for sale, but untreated bulbs can also be cooled yourself. The untreated bulbs are then placed in a plastic bag with air holes at the bottom of the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks, for example with the vegetables. They must not freeze. The bulbs can then be further grown indoors on water, on gravel or in potting soil.
Special glass and plastic pots are available for growing in water, for hyacinth and amaryllis, but also for tulips and daffodils. The glasses or jars are filled with water so far that the bulb does not touch the water.
For growing bulbs on gravel, a waterproof pot or bowl is filled with a 5 to 10 cm thick layer of gravel. The bulbs are placed on this. The water must not touch the bulbs. On the other hand, the bulbs should not be allowed to dry out. Growing in soil is about the same as growing on gravel. The soil should be airy and well-draining. For a good bulbous soil, 2/3 part potting soil with 1/3 part sand can be used. At the bottom of the pot, a layer of potsherds or gravel can ensure good drainage.
After planting, the glass, pot or dish is placed in a dark, well-ventilated place, at a temperature of approximately 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. When after 4 to 6 weeks the growing points are about 5 cm above the bulb, it can be placed in the living room.
Bulbs grown in soil can also be cooled outside. They are first planted in the pot, after which the pot is buried. The pot rim should then be no more than 15 cm below ground level. The top of the pot is covered with straw, sawdust or sharp sand. After about 8 weeks, the pot can be dug out, and the bulbs will continue to grow indoors.
After flowering, the pots or bowls with the spent bulbs can be placed outside in a shaded corner, where the foliage can die back unseen. Planting in the garden is of course also possible. However, if the bulbs that have flowered in winter or early spring are to be kept indoors, the die-back should first be done indoors, as the plants can still freeze outside before mid-May.
By favoring summer bloomers, it is achieved that when planting after mid-May, whole plants can be planted outside immediately, instead of the otherwise bare bulbs or tubers. From the end of February, many summer bloomers, such as tuberous begonias, can already be planted indoors in pots. Growth starts in a light spot and at a temperature of up to about 18 degrees Celsius. The pots can be taken outside from mid-May, or the plants can be placed in the ground.
The fall-blooming fall crocus (Colchicum)is ‘planted’ in August for use in the living room, without soil or water: it is a dry bloomer. The bulbs are simply placed next to each other in a shallow pot or dish. They will flower between September and November in a light spot out of the sun. If they are planted later, the flowering will of course also fall a bit later. The leaves of the autumn crocus only appear in the spring. Then the bulbs can also be planted in the garden, first to develop leaves, and then to let the leaves die off slowly. By the way, all parts of the plant are very poisonous, including the berries. It is therefore wise to keep them away from small children and pets.


Holland is a real flower bulb country!

The Netherlands is the largest bulb producer in the world. Our growers have the most knowledge and experience and export to numerous countries. In China alone, they provide dozens of Keukenhof-like parks with the most beautiful flower bulbs. In the Netherlands itself, the tulip was once a symbol of wealth. You can still see this somewhat in old estates and castles. The wealth of bulb plantings ensures a wonderful start to spring every year!

Our flower bulb partner JUB HOLLAND is a fourth generation family business with up-to-date product and market knowledge. They grow 850 varieties and help us tell the flower bulb story and of course they also show bulbs in our gardens.

Bird’s-eye view of the bulb region!


You enjoy your garden more and longer!

Almost every garden user wants a garden that is interesting all year round and preferably also colorful. This is most difficult in winter and early spring. There are early flowering perennials and shrubs, but they are not sown very thick. Moreover, they never deliver the same exuberance and color versatility as flower bulbs. The great thing about flower bulbs is that they are so easy to combine with your existing planting. You don’t have to make room, you can place them anywhere between and below. Under bushes and trees, among the herbs, yes.. even in the lawn you can hide them!

With flower bulbs, your garden will already start to bloom in February/March. That is a lot longer to enjoy than from May. The spring feeling just starts earlier and lasts a lot longer.


A flowering guarantee with ease!

You don’t need to know a lot about gardening to get started with bulbs. The type, color and flowering time are always stated on the packaging. As a result, nothing can actually go wrong. In containers, in borders between or under other plants, in edges along the house and in the lawn they come up naturally. You will enjoy it more if you choose several varieties in different heights that also flower one after the other, because then it will last longer in your garden.

Because there is little pollen and nectar from flowering plants in early spring, bees and butterflies are happy with bulbs. In addition to making you happy with flower bulbs, you also promote biodiversity.


Flower bulbs fit everywhere in neighbourhoods, parks and large lawns!

Just like private gardeners, more and more managers and owners of public spaces are discovering the added value of flower bulbs. Our partner JUB HOLLAND helps many architects and furnishers by offering ready-made mixtures. Together with garden and landscape designer and flower bulb expert Carien van Boxtel , new combinations are put together every year after they have been tested in practice.

To make it even easier for large consumers, JUB HOLLAND supports planting with planting machines. There are wilder mixtures for roadsides and lawns, but also mixtures with eye-catchers for large beds in parks and on estates. Because many municipalities attach great importance to the environment, JUB HOLLAND also supplies mixtures aimed at biodiversity. Of course, anyone can also compose their own flower bulb mixture.

Watch the JUB HOLLAND company video!


You don’t just choose the flower bulbs based on color and shape!

You can choose from hundreds of varieties and thousands of colors. The information about flowering time, height and application possibilities can be found on the packaging. In advance you also have to choose the way in which you want to deal with them and the amount of time and money you want to spend on it. We explain it, because there are three options:

  • You choose the traditional way of planting bulbs. Plant every year, harvest, let it dry and plant out again.
  • You could also opt for perennial or perennial bulbs that do not need to be dug up once planted and will come back on their own every year.
  • And as a third option, you can opt for naturalizing bulbs that you don’t have to dig up either, they come back on their own and expand a bit every year.


The big three;TulipView plantTulipa ‘Peach Blossom’ – Tulip,narcissusView plantNarcissus ‘Baby Moon’ – NarcissusandHyacinthView plantMuscari botryoides ‘Album’ – Grape Hyacinthare the best known and were also the most used ‘in the past’. However, that is no guarantee of their durability. Because previously flower bulbs were reused every year after harvesting and drying, we call the bulbs where this is necessary to keep them traditional flower bulbs. Perhaps it would be better to call them disposable bulbs because in a private garden there are very few gardeners who can still do that job. There are also species that only flame for 1 season. These eye-catchers are widely used at large shows and in parks.

An advantage of single-use bulbs is that you can try new colors and types every year. This may also be the most logical thing to do in pots and places in a border, because it does not involve large quantities and you can start with a clean slate every season.


With perennial or perennial bulbs, you can assume that you plant the bulbs only once and that they will come up again for a number of years in a row. A bit the same as with perennials. In practice, there is a difference, because once perennials have taken hold, they become a bit stronger every year and the vitality of perennial bulbs often decreases. It often depends on the type of soil, drainage, location, water management and, for example, mice.

It may sound a bit strange, but the climate changes with more drought are fine with these bulbs. The benefits for perennial bulbs are obvious; only plant once and therefore also financially attractive. At the same time, you will experience which varieties thrive best in your situation. That makes a choice for replanting a lot easier.


With naturalizing bulbs you are assured that they will come up again every year. In fact, they are called naturalizing bulbs because they reproduce a little further every year. Some do this by spreading seed, others make supporting roles or have underground rhizomes (AnemonesView plantAnemone sylvestris – Anemoneand Eranthis) . Varieties such as snowdrops, you can easily make more of them by sticking them out, dividing and replanting them scattered. For naturalizing bulbs it is important that the soil conditions are good; not too moist, sufficient humus (well-rotted leaf soil) and there should not be too much competing weed growth of nettle, ground elder, cow parsley and blackberry. An occasional gift of vinassekali is good for growth and flowering.

Plant naturalizing bulbs in the lawn, in the border, in a wild flower meadow, under shrubs or in pots and containers. Planting naturalizing bulbs really only has advantages. It’s cheap, it’s easy, there are more every year, it looks wonderfully natural and it’s spring before you know it.


The garden season starts with cheerful flower bulbs

The garden service of De Tuinen van Appeltern had of course been busy with flower bulbs for some time. But it was never as exuberant as it is today. Enthusiasm grew as a result of the collaboration with JUB HOLLAND and with it the share of cheerful flower bulbs. The intention is to expand new areas every year and to try out mixtures and planting methods.

Garden and landscape designer Carien van Boxtel designed the first flower bulbs for De Tuinen van Appeltern in 2018 . The entrance borders, the music hill, the Garden of Ton ter Linden and the lawns in the National Perennial Garden are already completely spring proof!

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