I have tried several Mr. Fothergill’s products and been looking forward to trying out the new Flowering Bulb Tray.
From the name Flowering Bulb Tray I anticipated receiving a bag of bulbs in a plastic tray. I wasn’t expecting nicely laid out bulbs in a biodegradable cardboard tray, all ready to plant, that arrived at our house.
The tray was wrapped in clear plastic with a cheery and encouraging cover.
The instructions and supporting pictures were clear and straightforward. Whilst it did not state the best time for planting, I presume they will only be available in the shops at the right times of the year.
As both my parents are gardeners I have planted countless bulbs. However, a pre-laid out tray appealed to me because I don’t normally place bulbs according colour, size and shape to achieve a desired ‘look’. By having the bulbs already spaced in the carton and placed in a pattern, I think will ensure that the display grows successfully and look as cheerful as the cover promises.
My pack had 45 bulbs – 10 yellow daffodils, 24 grape hyacinth, 11 light blue Triteleia.
I also think the cardboard tray is a clever idea because it is the perfect size and shape for an average garden pot. If I didn’t have a garden or space in a garden to put bulbs, I imagine it would be easy to find a pot the right size.
As directed by the instructions, I chose to plant the tray in a sunny spot in our garden. As some of the bulbs had moved in transit and unpacking, the picture on the packaging was clear and helpful, ensuring I planted them the right way up.
The whole process was really quick and painless. In fact all I really had to do was dig a hole the right depth, place the tray in the hole and cover it with dirt! If I didn’t enjoy touching soil, I wouldn’t even have to get my hands dirty.
After vigorously watering and probably drowning the poor things, I gave the soil a hopeful pat and have left them to do their thing.
It is really dry where I live so all I have to do is remember to water them.
When they have finished flowering I am looking forward to uncovering the bulbs, seeing if the tray has broken down and if the roots have made their way through the holes in the bottom of tray.
I think that the Flowering Bulb Tray is a clever idea. It is the perfect gift for all ages, for experienced and inexperienced gardeners. I also think it would be an encouraging project for someone who has never tried growing bulbs before or had no success. Even for the worst ‘brown thumb’ this project is practically fool proof.
I will keep you posted on the success of my Flowering Bulb Tray. Suffice to say, having just planted it, I am feeling rather optimistic!
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