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How should I allow bulbs to naturalise?

You should let bulbs naturalise by not lifting them from the soil. After they bloom, the plants have to be given the chance to die back naturally so that they can store newly produced nutrients in their bulbs for flowering again next year. Many bulbs, ...


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Many years of flowers

The Dutch expression 'Meerdere jaren bloei' (several years of flowering) We call this “perennialising” by which we mean that after spring-flowering bulbs have flowered, they should be left undisturbed in the soil and given enough time for their leaves to wither naturally so that the nutrients they have produced can be used by the plants’ underground storage organs to prepare for the next growing season. The practice of using spring-flowering bulbs in this way actually mimics the same natural cycle as followed by perennials.

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