How to Plant English Bluebell Bulbs


English bluebells are known scientifically as Hyacinthoides non-scripta. They bloom with blue, bell-shaped flowers in the spring and the blooms can last up to three weeks. English bluebells are perennials, and each year the bulbs multiply and spread, creating a more dramatic effect on the landscape. The bluebells are often used as a ground cover, or planted between rocks in rock gardens. For a burst of spring color splash, plant them along side daffodil bulbs.

Step 1

Set your English bluebell bulbs in the ground in the fall, from mid-October to mid-November.

Step 2

Select a garden site that has moist soil and light shade.

Step 3

Loosen the soil up to eight inches deep with a rototiller or a shovel and hoe.

Step 4

Put two inches of compost on top of the loose soil and then work it in with the hoe.

Step 5

Plant the English bluebell bulbs to a depth of four inches, and allow six inches of space between the bulbs. Once the bulbs are inserted, make sure they are covered with soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • English bluebells can tolerate extra moisture, but do not over water to the point the bulbs are sitting in water underground. There is no need to water them unless you are experiencing extremely dry conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller or shovel
  • Hoe
  • Compost


  • Bellaonline: English Garden Site: English Bluebells
  • Backyaard Gardener: English Bluebell
  • Planting Flower Bulbs: Information About Bluebells

Who Can Help

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Plants Profile: English bluebells
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.