How to Grow Camassia

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Have you bought yourself some Camassia bulbs but you’re not certain on how to plant them? We’ve written this handy how-to guide to get you started!
Native to North America, the Camassia plant is an exceptional perennial. It’s incredibly hardy and will grow in most conditions.

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How to Plant Camassia Bulbs

Camassia is easy to plant and can be done by anyone. Simply dig a hole around 2-3 times the depth of the bulb and space them apart at twice the bulbs width. Cover with soil and water.

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When to Plant Your Camassia

Plant your Camassia bulbs in early autumn. The start of bulb planting season is best (September – October). Camassia is the only bulb that doesn’t mind being damp, so proper irrigation isn’t completely necessary.

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Where Should You Plant Camassia?

Plant your Camassia bulbs wherever you’d like around your garden. They prefer full or part shade areas, so plant your bulbs in places that are more likely to receive sunshine.

Camassia is a wonderful spring-flowering bulb and pairs wonderfully with its fellow spring flowers and plants. Plant around the garden for drifts of colour throughout your beds and borders during the season.

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Grow Your Own Gifts With Indoor Bulbs

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Indoor bulbs are many gardeners go-to pastime when winter appears and hoards us all inside. Amaryllis, Daffodils, Hyacinths – they’re all wonderful indoor bulbs and create incredibly bright displays throughout the colder months.

As indoor bulbs flower from early December, they make perfect and thoughtful Christmas gifts to give to family and friends. However, they take some forward planning to get right.

Prepare Your Bulbs

Often, normal garden varieties of bulbs are fine to force. This goes for tulips, narcissi, crocus, and many more. However, there are specially prepared bulbs that have been treated in cold conditions, making them appear earlier than you would traditionally expect.

Hyacinths are a good example of this treatment. They are placed in a fridge up to 15 weeks, triggering their biochemical response that makes them flower. At J Parkers, we sell our own range of prepared bulbs, making your life that much easier. However, if you wanted to take your own crack at it, keep your desired bulbs in a cool place (garage, shed, etc) for 10 to 15 weeks. Once this period has finished, it’s time to pot your bulbs.

Planting Your Bulbs

Once you’ve treated your bulbs, they’re ready to be planted. Your indoor bulbs should be planted in well-drained but moist soil. Try to use grit where you can to create the proper amount of drainage. Take your container and fill the bottom with a layer of grit. Lay some soil on top and make a well for your bulbs.

If you’re looking to plant more than one bulb, space evenly so they’re not too packed together. Place your bulb with the pointed tip facing upwards and cover with soil. Water lightly once done.

Caring for your Bulbs

You should see your bulbs flower from early December. If you’re having trouble with your bulbs growing straight, pot in gravel and stones instead of soil as it helps anchor the bulb in place. Wait for the plant to flower and voilĂ ! The perfect hand-made gift.

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What to Do In the Garden This October

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September is over and October has officially begun! When it comes to our gardens, many of us tend to linger for as long as we can before terrible chills plague our cities and towns.

October is often considered a chilly month, but there is still plenty to do in the garden before winter officially arrives!

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Plant Your Bulbs

The time’s arrived to dig some holes and plant some bulbs! Autumn is the ideal time to plant spring bedding and other spring-flowering bulbs. Flowers such as Primulas, Violas, and Wallflowers should be planted this month.

Pruning

Now that the colder weather has appeared, it’s time to prune and divide your plants and flowers. Cut back faded perennials to add to your compost and lift and divide poor-flowering plants.

Fruits and Vegetables

If your garden is more vegetable based, or you own an allotment, then this section is for you. The best veggies and fruits to plant this month are usually your rhubarb crowns, winter lettuce and asparagus crowns.

General Tidy

If you’re not planning what to plant in October in terms of bulbs and plants, there’s still plenty to do! Raise patio pots on bricks to avoid them sitting in water throughout autumn and remove stakes and other supports on plants that have died down for winter.