The best time to plant Spring flowering bulbs in Melbourne is during April and May. Tulip bulbs are best when put in the fridge on April 1st and planted in the garden on Mother’s Day.
Planting depth and position
Plant bulbs twice as deep as the bulb is high (tall) with the pointy end facing up in free draining soil in a sunny position.
Watering and feeding
When planting add Fertiliser and water in, after that they prefer it rather dry while dormant but start watering as soon as the green shoots appear above the soil. Bulbs benefit most when they are fertilized when flowering has finished and they are taking up nutrients for next seasons flowers.
If you would really like to grow bulbs but don’t have a sunny area, the following bulbs will grow and flower with a minimum of 3 hours of full sun a day. Anemones, Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Lachenalias, Dutch Crocus, Cuban Lilies and Grape Hyacinths.