Planting and Growing Nerine Bulbs

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 8:41 am

The Nerine is one of the most exotic-looking flowers you could imagine, especially at the time of year that they flower – the autumn. Many gardens will be looking dull at this time of year, and there is nothing quite like an elegant bed or pot of Nerines to brighten things up. With their delicate white flowers and umbels, the Nerine will always look graceful and beautiful. You can grow Nerine bulbs easily in your garden, as long as you plant them at the right time of year.

Why do people choose to grow Nerines? 

Of all the flowers you could choose to grow, why is the Nerine a good option for you? Here are some of the key reasons you might want to consider:

  • Delicate and pretty. Your Nerines will look beautiful in any type of garden, with their colouring blending in subtly with anything else that you have planted previously.
  • Excellent as cut flowers. Many people use Nerines in bouquets, so if you grow your own in your back garden, you have the additional bonus of having beautiful flowers indoors, too. You can cut them on the stem and add them into autumn or wildflower bouquets.
  • Can be largely left alone. Nerines are not high maintenance flowers and once they are in the ground, they can largely be left to it. You will just need to make sure they are planted in the right environment and have some protection.

Buying your Nerine bulbs – choosing carefully

Nerine bulbs are quite long in shape, so make sure they haven’t been damaged at all, as it would be easy for one of the ends to obtain some kind of damage. When you buy the bulbs, check them over visually before you plant them, to check that they look to be in good condition. You will usually be able to tell a bulb’s general health from its appearance, so if it looks to be in good condition, it will probably grow well for you. It is important to buy your bulbs from a well-known source, a garden centre or online supplier who has links with good nurseries where they source all of their bulbs. This helps to ensure you receive bulbs that are healthy, and it helps to support the industry as a whole.

Some growing tips to help your Nerine bulbs flourish 

Here are some tips to follow if you want your Nerines to do as well as possible:

  • Make sure the Nerines are planted in a spot where they will get plenty of sunlight. They might struggle to grow well if it isn’t warm enough.
  • Plant your Nerines against a wall. If at all possible, choose a south facing wall that will give them both heat and support.
  • Make sure the soil is well draining. Your Nerines will thank you for it.
  • You can plant your bulbs with some of the bulb still exposed, or you can plant them deeper, around 6cm. Planting them deeper will help to protect them from cold and frost, so you might want to do this if you plant your Nerine bulbs later on in the autumn, more towards the winter months.

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