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Gardening expert explains why you should avoid planting tulip bulbs now or risk ‘disease’


Now is the perfect time of year to start planting your bulbs and making changes to your garden ready for winter. Planting bulbs now will ensure you have a beautiful display next year. Managing Director of Hopes Grove Nurseries in Kent, Morris Hankinson, explained exclusively to Express.co.uk which bulbs you can plant now and why you may want to wait before popping your tulip bulbs in the ground.

He added: “The only one you plant later is a tulip.

“If you plant them too early I think they can get tulip fire disease.

“Plant all your crocuses and daffodils and the like.

“We’re coming into it now. If you get a bit of rain, the soil is a bit damper and it’s a bit easier to plant them.”

They also suggest planting tulips in November rather than in early autumn because the soil is colder and fungus is less likely to develop.

Morris also explained that autumn is the “best time” of year to plant a plethora of hardy plants in your garden.

The soil is still warm which means new roots will develop quickly and roots can be established.

While it may not look like much is happening above the ground, Morris said below ground any new plants will be hard at work.

This means next spring, plants you put in the ground now will have a fully established root system and will grow and develop more quickly.

Check out Hopes Grove Nurseries here.

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