Bluebells in the green (Hyacinthoides non scripta) are sold for planting in the spring. These are the true native English bluebell. In the green (which is a bit of a misnomer) simply means that the bulbs are in full growth and are delivered either while still in growth or when their foliage has freshly died back - so it can be yellow and shrivelled later in the season. This ensures the bulbs are moist which helps them establish more rapidly when they come into growth again.
There are a few bulbs and tubers that transplant at least as well and sometimes better when they are moved during their growing as opposed to their dormant season. These include snowdrops and aconites as well as bluebells. The science behind this is somewhat complicated, but it revolves around the way that nutrients that are present in leaf and flower sink back into the bulb as the plant dies down in early summer and are then reused by it to kickstart growth in the following season. As well as bluebells in the green, you are also welcome to browse our full range of other bulbs for sale in the green online.
Bluebells are amongst the best-known spring flowering plants. They grow wonderfully well in the UK where their early flowering is helped mightily by the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Like many early flowering bulbs that are dormant in summer, they are happier growing in locations that are shaded when trees are in leaf as they prefer moist soil which tends to be easier to find in cooler spots. So try to select a planting site that emulates these conditions. The ground should be weed free, dug over well to allow for easy root growth and it is best when improved with well-rotted organic matter to help retain moisture. Plant English bluebells at between 40 and 50 bulbs per square metre.
The bluebells in the green that you buy from us are specially cultivated for the purpose of being lifted and resold. These are true English bluebells, easily distinguished from Spanish bluebells by the fact that the flowers of English bluebells are always held on one side of the stalk.but they are field grown to ensure that existing populations of bluebells in woodland are not disturbed or threatened. As with so many of our native bulbs conservation is important.