Bulbs in the green
In the spring, these popular varieties are lifted and supplied in flower or in leaf. The reason this method is so popular is because the dormant bulbs available in the autumn are small and, after the disruption of being lifted and dried, they have to work hard to get going once again.
But with bulbs ‘in the green’, all the foliage dies back in to the bulb while they are in the ground, and the bulbs do not have to go through the trauma of becoming too dry. By planting them when they are active, they come back much stronger the following year.