Grow Beautiful Bulbs

Autumn is the best time to plant and feed flowering bulbs for a splash of colour in your garden. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths or freesias - whatever your bloom of choice, filling your piece of paradise with fragrant floral displays will reward you with a stunning show and bring you joy on the daily.

Just in time for autumn planting our Tui Bulb Mix has been refreshed into a new look. A free draining planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients, Tui Bulb Mix provides your bulbs with the best possible start and sustained growth throughout the season. With added seaweed to the mix, it will ensure your bulbs stay healthy. Keep an eye out for the new look Tui Bulb Mix at a store near you and follow our 3 steps to beautiful bulbs below.


Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like Tui Sheep Pellets and compost to your soil. Then you can add a layer of Tui Bulb Mix. If planting in pots and containers, fill with Tui Bulb Mix.


The widest selection of bulbs will be available in store from mid-February to early April. Check individual bulb planting instructions, but in general plant bulbs to a depth twice the diameter of the bulb. Water your bulbs well when required and when shoots appear. Plant with ease using the handy Kent & Stowe Bulb Planter.


Feed your plants and they will reward you. Replenishing nutrients used by your plants ensures they will grow to their full potential. Select a fertiliser specially blended for your flowers like Tui Bulb Food, or use an all purpose variety such as Tui NovaTec® Premium fertiliser. Well watered, well nourished bulbs will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.


Bulb Inspiration

  • Whether you prefer planting in pots and
    containers or bold masses in your garden beds, there are so many ways to plant flowering bulbs to ensure your garden will make a stunning statement in spring.
  • Plant groups of bulbs such as daffodils,
    tulips or alliums among perennials
    shrubs, or rocks to create bright pops of
    colour within the greenery.
  • Stagger planting your bulbs to create
    continuous colour. By planting your bulbs
    in groups a few weeks apart from each other, you’ll be rewarded with an extended spring bulb display as new blooms emerge when old ones die off.
  • Create ‘garden bouquets’ either in the
    ground or in pots and containers by layering smaller bulbs over top of bigger bulbs. For example, plant daffodils or tulips 15cm deep, then plant grape hyacinths 7cm on top of them, or mix together your favourites and you’ll have your own spring bouquets ready to pick or simply admire.


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Grow Beautiful Bulbs Comments

  • I would love to know the conditions different bulbs like as I have a shady spot I would like to add some bulbs


    • Hi Lydia, bulbs that enjoy shady spots include ranunculus, anemome, daffodil, freesia, tulips, muscari, scilla and snowdrops. Happy bulb growing!

      Tui Team

    • I currently have begonias, coleus, cyclamen and many other plants but I will put the spring bulbs among them.

      Lydia Parsons

  • Hi there, do l lift my gladiolus and hippeastrum bulbs and replant them in spring?


    • Hi Diana, for gladioli as long as you are in a frost free area then you don't need to lift in winter. If you have heavy frosts, lift and store in a cool dry place until August and replant. Also, it is good to know where they are in the garden so that you don’t dig them up when cultivating the garden. Hippeastrum are okay left in the ground over winter as long as frosts are not too hard, but they are also a favourite food of slugs and snails so will benefit being lifted and stored then replanted in August, if slugs and snails are a problem. They will start flowering in October. If clumps get too big then it is a good idea to lift them and divide them up and replant. If storing, bulbs should be stored in a cool dry place, not in plastic bags but paper bags or on a seedling tray is best.

      Tui Team

  • My daughter had huge lillies last season. She put banana skins in beside them


    • Hi Diana, that is very interesting to hear. Thank you for sharing this tip!

      Tui Team