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How do I plant my Fritillaria bulbs?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 24 June 2013 11:59 AM

When planting Fritillaria imperialis and meleagris varieties place coarse sand at the bottom of the hole and around the bulb. Plant the bulb on its side to prevent water laying in the crown which would cause the bulb to rot. Other types of Fritillaria should have sand placed in the bottom of the hole to ensure good drainage. Handle fritillaria bulbs carefully as they are fragile.

Frittilaria imperalis varieties - plant at a depth of 20cm (8″) and 20-30cm (8-12″) apart. Apply a winter mulch in cold areas for added frost protection. Grow the plants in a sunny position.


Fritillaria meleagris varieties - can be grown in full sun or partial shade in a well drained moisture retentive soil. Plant the bulbs 15cm (6″) deep and 10-15cm (4-6″) apart.

Frittilaria michailovskyi  - plant the bulbs10-12 cm (4-6″) deep and 10-15cm (4-6″) apart in a sunny position.


Fritillaria persica - requires a sunny position and plant at a depth of 10cm (4″) deep and 10-15cm (4-6″) apart.


Frittilaria pudica - suitable for the border and containers and for growing in a cool greenhouse. Choose a sunny position and a moist, well drained soil. Plant the bulbs at a depth of 10cm (4″) deep and 15-23cm (6-9″) apart.


Frittilaria raddeana - can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Plant the bulbs 10cm (4″) deep and 10-15cm (4-6″) apart.

Fritillaria uva-vulpis - needs a sunny position and a soil that does not dry out. Plant the bulbs 10cm (4″) deep and 5-7.5cm (2-3″) apart.

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