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Mega Gardeners Favourite Collection – 195 Bulbs
Pack of 195

Our Mega Gardener’s Favourite Collection is the perfect way to give your patio or garden a lift. A selection of our favourite easy to grow and beautiful Spring flowering bulbs that are perfect for pots or gardens.

Our Mega Gardeners Favourite collection has been our most popular pack for many years. It includes all of the best selling varieties from our Spring bulb range, of our regular size bulbs, collected together for a huge saving of over 40%.
Even if 1 or 2 are not your favorites, the value is hard to beat, and you get to try something different.

All varieties individually packaged:
50 Freesia Hadeco Mixed
15 Muscari/Grape Hyacinth
10 Daffodil Yellow
50 Ranunculi Mixed
20 Freesia Refracta Alba
20 Anemone Poppy Mixed
10 Jonquil Erlicheer
10 Dutch Iris Discovery
5 Tulip Mixed
5 Hyacinth Mixed

Great Value –  Buy in bulk and save.

Supplied as dormant bulbs.

Orders containing this item will be dispatched from March.

  • Frost tolerant once established
  • Suitable for areas with full sun
  • Suitable for areas with part shade
  • Ideal in pots or containers
  • Suitable to cut for vases
  • Winter-Spring
  • Ideal Growing Regions:
  • Cool
  • Temperate
  • Arid
  • View growing regions on the Climate Map

Availability: OUT OF STOCK/OUT OF SEASON! Available to order from January to May, unless sold out.

$75.00

346 in stock

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At Garden Express, we want to ensure that you have a positive purchasing experience. On the off chance your plants get stuck in the mail or haven’t arrived in the best condition, we ask that you reach out to us promptly with any concerns or issues. You can contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1300 606 242, Monday to Friday EST, contacting us through social media platforms may be less reliable, so we encourage you to use our email.

Please note that it’s important to get in touch with our customer service team within 7 days of receiving your order if you have any concerns as claims regarding arrival condition after 7 days of arrival will not be recognised.

Please also remember not to dispose of any items until you’ve spoken to us, as to be eligible for a replacement, credit, or refund, we may request photos or additional information for any item(s) in question.

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It is also important to mention that discounted ‘end-of-season’ stock is sold on an ‘as is’ basis and is exempt from this guarantee. While this stock is generally sound, we recommend planting these items as soon as possible.

 

Our team packs and dispatches each day based on the best timing of delivery service to your state.  This way we can ensure your order is in transit for the shortest time possible.

Delivery is normally via Australia Post with larger orders delivered via StarTrack Express* courier. We service virtually all areas of Australia with only those areas not serviced by these organisations being excluded (e.g. remote islands and Territories such as Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Cocos Islands, Groote Eylandt). We do not deliver outside Australia but happily deliver orders placed from overseas for Australian delivery. Our regular delivery charge for basic items is $12.50 Australia-wide, regardless of the number of items ordered. Due to their higher freight costs, bulky or heavy products such as roses, large pots and a small number of hard goods have higher delivery charges. The summary of all current delivery options is:

  • Basic Postage $12.50: Applies to orders NOT containing Roses, 120mm and larger pots/grow-bags, Bare-rooted Trees, Composting Buckets, nor any items with individually specified delivery charges, all delivered at one time, will incur the normal $12.50 freight charge. These items are referred to as “Basic Items“.
  • Roses & Larger Potted Items $16.90: Applies to orders containing bush Roses, 120mm up to 155mm pot/grow-bags, Composting Buckets, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $16.90 freight charge.
  • Small Trees & Large Pots $25.50: Applies to orders containing Trixie Fruit Trees, Dwarf Fruit Trees, Lilac Trees, Standard and/or Patio Roses, 160mm up to a 200mm pot/grow-bags, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $25.50 freight charge.
  • Large Items $35.00: Applies to orders containing Bare-rooted Trees, Bagged Trees, Weeping Roses, Larger items or pots/grow-bags greater than 200mm, together with other products delivered at the same time, will incur a $35.00 freight charge. Remote areas may incur an additional Freight charge but we will notify customers individually if this is the case.
  • Orders containing products with explicitly stated delivery charges will incur charges as detailed in the individual product description.
  • Order Split Fee: Some items may be delayed due to climatic or growing habits prevent them from being harvested at the time of being offered for purchase.  You will be offered a choice to wait until all items on your order are available or to receive what is currently available for an additional freight charge of $5.00.
  • We continue to maintain the simplest form of postage costs for the large variety of products we range, however in occasional circumstances of oversized orders and/or delivery location, the cost of freight can significantly impact delivery of an order therefore we reserve the right to refuse the order or contact the customer to discuss freight options and pricing.

Orders containing products from two different seasons (eg Rose or spring bulb pre-orders) that require separate deliveries will incur two delivery charges at the relevant rates (unless a free freight offer applies). A $5.00 Quarantine Inspection Surcharge applies in addition to the Delivery Charge for orders delivered to Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia due to the increased complexity of quarantine requirements.

As quarantine inspections apply to each delivery, 2 quarantine charges will apply where orders contain products from different seasons.   *Please note that if you order large items (eg Patio, Standard or Weeping Roses, Fruit Trees) you must specify a street address for the delivery address. StarTrack Express generally do not deliver to PO Boxes or RSD addresses so your order will be held until a suitable address is obtained. In rural areas, StarTrack may deliver to physical addresses such as general stores that act as Australia Post agencies but we suggest you check with them first. Where ‘Free Delivery’ vouchers apply to an order, details of the voucher should be entered in the “Your message to us” field. Orders (except Pre-orders) are normally despatched within 7-14 working days from the time of ordering during busy periods. Delivery times may be extended during peak periods (typically following the release of the latest catalogue), extended public holidays, if extreme weather conditions are not suitable for live plant transport or as detailed in the product description.
Individual items may be back-ordered to avoid delaying the delivery of other items. Please allow additional delivery time for orders to Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia due to quarantine restrictions.

 

Please note: Some orders may not be possible to parts of Australia due to quarantine and some items may carry unique delivery charges. Check full delivery policy.

Common Name: ANEMONE
Botanical Name: Anemone coronaria
Family Name: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Bulb Size: 30cm H x 10cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 15cm Depth: 4cm
Flowering: Late Winter to Spring
Positioning: Full Sun
General Information: Anemones have wonderful rich and bright colours, and for picking as a cut flower they are hard to beat. They prefer to be massed in a sunny position. Suitable for Arid, Temperate and Mediterranean climates. Fully hardy – can handle all conditions.
Soil: Need well-drained soil.
Watering: Water well after planting, then weekly until leaves appear. Once up and growing, only water to supplement rainfall.
Fertilising: Light organic or chemical fertiliser at planting time. Liquid fertilise regularly once buds start to form.
Pests: Bait snails when buds appear. No other specific pest or disease problems are known.
Lifting & Storage: Best treated as annual or bi-annuals – new bulbs planted every 1 to 2 years.
Tips: To kick start the growing process, soak the bulbs in a bowl of water for about an hour before planting. Need protection from strong winds. Over watering will rot bulbs. Plant up to double the recommended depth in warm climates. Point of bulb faces down.

Common Name: DAFFODILS
Botanical Name: Narcissus
Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 25-40cm H x 15cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 15cm
Planting Depth: 12cm
Flowering: Late Winter to early Spring
Positioning: Full sun with some protection from wind

General Information: Suitable for Mediterranean and temperate/dry climates. Daffodils will generally only flower from round mature bulbs. If you plant them too shallow they are prone to ‘spilt up’ into side bulbs too readily to reach maturity. Deeper planted bulbs appear to stay healthier, and split less frequently, thus producing more flowers for many years.

Watering: After planting the daffodils give them a thorough watering, but do not water again until the foliage starts to appear. Natural rainfall should be sufficient. Keep bulbs moist during dry spells in autumn and late spring. They do need water during their growth and flowering. Can tolerate frosts.

Fertilising: After flowering has finished, apply light amount of blood and bone or complete plant food. If you have poor soil, sprinkle an all-purpose feed after flowering.

Soil: Well drained soil. Lifting & Storage: If the daffodils are planted in soil with good drainage, the bulbs may be left in the ground and divided every 3 years. If you prefer to dig them up, spent flowers should be removed and foliage allowed to die off naturally. Once the daffodils leaves have died right down, they can be lifted and stored in a cool, dry, airy place.

Pests: Use a little snail bait regularly during growing period.

Tips: They look beautiful mass planted in the garden. Daffodils can range in colours from yellow, white and pink. Smaller varieties need not be planted as deep. In warm climates plant all varieties slightly deeper than recommended.
Different varieties flower at different times so mixed Daffodils flower over a longer period. Can be grown in pots, window boxes.

Daffodil-mixGG

DAFFODIL QUESIONS AND ANSWERS
Do you have to lift the bulbs every year?
It is not necessary to lift daffodils every year, probably every three years is enough. The best guide is that if a clump is not flowering very well, that is if flowers are becoming fewer and fewer, this means that the clump has become too crowded. You should definitely lift and divide them when they are dormant, usually at the end of summer.  Lifting and splitting these bulbs up so they get a new lease of life.

How do you store bulbs?
When you lift daffodil bulbs put them into an open mesh bag like an onion or orange bag and hang in a cool airy spot in the garage or garden shed. Keep them there until March which is the time to plant them in the garden.

Is it really necessary to wait until the leaves have died down before you lift the bulbs?
It is important to wait until the leaves wither before you do anything with the bulbs. After a bulb has put out its flowers it will have shrunk to a tiny size, so if it is to flower next season it will need to be replenished with food in the form of starch. This is the purpose of the leaves, making food to build up the bulb to a decent flowering size. If you cut or mow down the leaves too early the bulb will not have grown enough. Six to eight weeks after flowering has finished you can certainly cut off the withering leaves.

Why didn’t my Daffodils flower?
The two main reasons why Daffodils don’t flower:

  • They may be growing in too much shade, they prefer quite a bit of sunlight.
  • They may have been planted too shallow, this causes splitting of the bulbs, which are then not big enough to flower, but will still produce leaves.
  • The bulb may have been too hot in pots left in the summer sun.

What about feeding bulbs?

To build up a healthy bulb for flowering next season it is a good idea to spread around a well balanced fertiliser. Use a complete fertiliser, not one that contains only nitrogen as this will lead to all leaf growth. A balanced fertiliser such as
one formulated for bulbs or an azalea or camellia food will be fine. The best time to feed is just as the flowering is finishing and the leaves are dying off.

Common Name: DUTCH IRIS
Botanical Name: Iris x hollandica
Family Name: Iridaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 50-70cm H x 10cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 10cm Depth: 10cm
Flowering: Spring
Positioning: Full sun with some protection from wind
General Information: Suitable to all climates except tropical. Grows best in cool to cold climates but does tolerate warmer areas.
Watering: Water well after planting but don’t water again until foliage emerges. Give thorough weekly watering during growth and flowering, but once it starts to die down stop watering.
Fertilising: If the soil has been well prepared fertilising isn’t necessary. If soil is of poor quality blood and bone can be applied after leaves begin to emerge.
Soil: Well drained soil.
Lifting & Storage: Bulbs may be left undisturbed for years. If lifting bulbs do so once the foliage has died down completely and store in a warm and airy position.
Pests: Watch for aphids and spray with insecticide if necessary.
Tips: Dutch Iris rot easily if over watered or if soil is poorly drained.

Common Name: FREESIAS
Botanical Name: Freesia x hybrida
Family Name: Iridaceae
Plant Type: Bulb Size: 25-40cm H x 7-10cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 5-10cm Depth: 7cm
Flowering: Spring
Positioning: Prefers full sun but tolerates very light shade for part of the day
General Information: Grows well in warm to cool zones but is unsuitable for the tropics or extreme cold areas. Can tolerate temperatures down to 0°C.
Watering: Water after planting and soak weekly while plants are in bud or flower, but at other times watering is only needed if very dry.
Fertilising: Prefers addition of slow release granules to soil prior to planting. Top dress 6 weeks after shoots appear.
Soil: Well drained.
Lifting & Storage: Can be left in the ground or lifted and stored if clumps become too thick. If lifting wait until the leaves have turned yellow, dry and dust off bulbs with a cloth and store in a warm and airy position.
Pests: Bait snails and slugs.
Tips: If using for cut flowers, cut when the lowest flower on the spike is open, as this will ensure long vase life. Tall varieties may need support.

Common Name: MUSCARI
Also known as: Grape Hyacinth
Botanical Name: Muscari armeniacum
Family Name: Hyacinthaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 15cm H x 7cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 10cm Depth: 5cm
Flowering: Late Winter to Spring
Positioning: Full sun to partial shade
General Information: Fully hardy, suitable for all climates except sub/tropical or semi arid.
Watering: Only necessary if the ground begins to dry out due to insufficient rainfall.
Fertilising: Add organic or chemical fertiliser to ground before planting. Top dress as buds appears.
Soil: Well drained.
Lifting & Storage: Bulbs can be left undisturbed for many years. As clumps and borders thicken fertilising becomes important. Dig when foliage turns yellow.
Pests: Very hardy to pests and diseases. Bait snails and slugs during growing period.
Tips: Plant in long borders as an edging plant.

Common Name: HYACINTH
Botanical Name: Hyacinthus orientalis
Family Name: Liliaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 20-25cm H x 15cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 15cm Depth: 12cm
Flowering: Spring
Positioning: Full sun or partial shade, however will not thrive in heavy shade
General Information: Suitable for temperate/Dry and Mediterranean climates, thrives in a cool to cold climate but can be grown in warmer areas if chilled 4-6 weeks prior to planting. Frost hardy when in the ground. Can be susceptible to
damage from frost if in pots outdoors.
Watering: Water well after planting but not again until after leaves emerge unless particularly dry. Give regular deep watering from when the buds appear until stems die down.
Fertilising: Manure, blood and bone or complete fertiliser should be worked through the soil before planting. Soil must be well drained and enriched with organic matter.
Soil: Well drained, rich in organic matter.
Lifting & Storage: Once the foliage of the hyacinth turns yellow they need to be dug up, dried and cleaned with a cloth and stored in a dry and airy place until the next season.
Pests: Hyacinths are generally not susceptible to pest and disease problems.
Tips: For best results in the next season remove spent flower stems and continue to water and feed the plant until all the foliage starts to turn yellow and die down.
Potting Hyacinths: Hyacinths grow particularly well in pots. Choose a pot at least 15cm deep so you can apply a good base of potting mix to the bottom of the pot. Place the bulbs 10 cm from the surface of the potting mix. Water well after planting and place pot where it will receive at least half a day of sun.

Common Name: JONQUILS
Botanical Name: Narcissus
Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 30-40cm H x 12cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 15cm Depth: 12cm
Flowering: Late Winter to early Spring
Positioning: Full sun preferred, will tolerate part shade
General Information: Suitable for all climates except tropical. Very hardy, often surviving in old gardens after everything else has perished. Jonquils flower better in warmer climates than Daffodils. They will generally only flower
from round mature bulbs. If you plant them too shallow they are prone to ‘split up’ into side bulbs too readily to reach maturity. Deeper planted bulbs appear to stay healthier, and split less frequently, thus producing more flowers for
many years.
Watering: Water bulbs after planting and not again until foliage appear unless experiencing extremely dry conditions. Once buds appears give a good weekly watering. Prefers a well-drained soil.
Fertilising: Fertilise lightly when planting and after flowering use a commercial bulb fertiliser.
Soil: Well drained soil.
Lifting & Storage: After about 3-4 years bulbs should be lifted, cleaned and stored as clumps tend to become congested and will produce poorer quality flowers.
Pests: Bait snails regularly as they like to chew the blooms of jonquils.
Tips: In warmer climates plant up to double the recommended depth.

Common Name: RANUNCULI
Botanical Name: Ranunculus asiaticus
Family Name: Ranunculaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 40-60cm H x 10cm W
Planting Time: Autumn
Planting Width: 15cm Depth: 4cm
Flowering: Spring
Positioning: Full Sun. Shelter from the wind recommended
General Information: Suitable for all climates except tropical. Very hardy, will grow in most conditions. One Ranunculi corm can produce more than 20 flowers. To keep blooms coming for a longer period, regularly cut off any dead and dying blooms. These little bulbs will keep your garden and house in flowers for many weeks. Ranunculi have wonderful rich and bright colours, and for picking as a cut flower they are hard to beat. They prefer to be massed in a sunny position.
Watering: Water well after planting; soak weekly until shoots appear, then only to supplement rainfall. Prefer a welldrained soil.
Fertilising: Light organic or chemical fertiliser at planting time. Liquid fertilise once buds start to form.
Lifting & Storage: Best treated as annual or bi-annuals. New bulbs planted every 1 to 2 years.
Soil: Well drained.
Pests: Bait snails when buds appear. Mildew can be a problem in autumn.
Tips: Plant with claws facing downwards. To kick-start the growing process soak the bulbs in a bowl of water for around an hour before planting.

Common Name: TULIPS
Family Name: Liliaceae
Botanical Name: Tulipa
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 20-60cm H x 15cm W
Planting Width: 15cm Depth: 10cm
Planting Time: Autumn
Positioning: Full sun position, but can be grown in a position that receives at least half a day of full sun.
Flowering: Spring
General Information: Suitable for temperate/dry and Mediterranean climates. Require winter chilling in warm climates.
Watering: Tulips like to be kept cool and moist but not too wet. After planting, water well, and once leaves appear they should be given a good watering every 7-10 days depending on how dry the weather is. During dry times of the year, be sure to water regularly, especially after the buds have appeared.
Fertilising: Prepare the soil with a complete organic fertiliser before planting and then use a liquid fertiliser once the buds have appeared and then again after the flowers have faded.
Soil: Well-drained soil, high in organic matter.
Lifting & Storage: Should be lifted each year. Dig after the foliage has turned yellow. Allow the bulbs to dry out, out of the sun, and then store them in a cool, dry and airy position.
Pests: Aphids can be controlled by regular rinsing and insecticide.
Tips: Plant in cool weather (late April or May), if required place bulbs in the crisper for 4-6 weeks before planting. Double, Darwin and Triumph Tulips flower earlier than Single Late and Parrot varieties, so to keep Tulips in bloom throughout the season plant a mixture of early and late flowering varieties. If using as cut flowers choose blooms that are not fully open, cut them early in the morning and change vase water frequently. They like some protection from the wind.

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Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.

Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.

The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:

  • Tropical – hot humid summer .
  • Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
  • Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
  • Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
  • Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter