How to Grow
Erythronium (Dog's Tooth Violet)

Optimum Planting Time: September – November
Flowers: March - April
Height: 30cm (12in)

Where to plant

Commonly known as Dog’s Tooth Violet, Erythronium is a shade loving plant and
flourishes in cool, damp conditions and thrives in a moist but well drained soil.

How to plant in the ground

1. Choose a sheltered site to plant your Erythronium bulbs.
2. Plant as soon as you receive to avoid the bulbs drying out.
3. Prepare your planting site with humus-rich soil and a nutrient rich compost.
4. Plant the bulbs about 10-15cm deep in the soil with the pointed end facing upwards,
approximately 10cm apart.
5. If you are looking to create a naturalising look, plant in small groups in an irregular pattern
for maximum effect.
6. Cover the bulbs with soil and water as needed.

How to plant in containers

1. Fill your containers with good quality compost, preferably with added grit to ensure well-
drained soil.
2. Dig holes and plant the bulbs 10-15cm deep and 10cm apart. The bulbs are rounded, with
small points on the top which should be planted facing up.
3. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs and place in a sheltered place.


1. After planting, the bulbs can be left to their own devices for winter as they require little
maintenance until the foliage sprouts in early spring, followed by delicate blooms in March
and April.
2. Water as needed to keep the soil moist.
3. Let the foliage die down naturally so the bulb can harness energy for the following year.
4. They don’t like being disturbed, so make sure where you plant is the right home for your

Pests and Diseases

Erythronium is generally trouble free and easy to grow. Look out for bulb rot which is down to badly
drained soils that leads to this problem. You may encounter slugs or aphids which can be controlled
with a biological nematode or with warm soapy water.

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