How to Grow
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English bluebells)

Optimum Planting Time: September – November
Flowers: April - May
Height: 25cm (10in)

Where to plant

Our English bluebells are sourced from sustainable and certified producers and are
best planted in well drained soil that is rich in organic matter, so will thrive when grown in compost,
leaf mould or manure. A woodland plant, bluebells love shade beneath trees and shrubs.

How to plant in the ground

1. Once the site and soil are prepared, plant your bulbs 15cm deep and space 15cm apart.
2. Make sure the pointed end of the bulb is facing upwards for optimum growth.
3. If planting Hyacinthoides for a naturalising effect, it best to plant clumps together with
irregular spacing to create a wild and erratic look.
4. Water well after planting.

How to plant in containers

1. Hyacinthoides also can be grown in containers that have adequate drainage holes and in a
position that gets full sun to part shade.
2. Fill container with a good quality compost with organic matter and added grit.
3. Place bulbs 15cm deep and 15cm apart.
4. Cover with soil and gently water to keep the soil moist.


1. Once growth appears, water lightly but be careful not to overwater which will cause the
bulbs to rot.
2. When flower buds start to appear, feed every couple of weeks with a plant food that is high
in potassium for the best results.
3. Continue to water lightly after the flowering period until the foliage has died down.
4. If planted in the ground, flowers just need deadheading and foliage cutting back. If left in a
container, lift and store in a cool dark place over winter.

Pests and Diseases

Bluebells are generally pest and disease free, although they can be a host for the parasitic fungus
Uromyces muscari which can cause bluebell rust, but this can be controlled with a fungicide They
are also deer, rabbit and squirrel resistant, so they’re ideal for planting in areas with wildlife.

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