Planting Bulbs in Pots
A planting of mixed spring bulbs will give quick, near-guaranteed results for kids and a colorful display that can be enjoyed by the rest of the family.
Step 1: Reuse Broken Pots
Choose a container with good drainage holes and then cover them with broken terracotta pots or tiles. They prevent the holes from getting clogged up with compost, which would stop water from draining away.
Step 2: Create Drainage
Some sun-loving bulbs, such as tulips, need really good drainage as they need to be kept fairly dry when dormant. They will not do well if sitting in moist soil. When planting these, add a layer of gravel to aid drainage further.
Step 3: Fill Container with Compost
Fill the pot with compost (use bulb-planting or multi-purpose), to within 6 in (15 cm) of the rim. If using multi-purpose compost, improve its drainage by mixing in one part horticultural grit to every three parts of compost.
Step 4: Plant Bulbs Pointed Up
As a rule, bulbs should be planted at three times their own depth. Make sure the shoot (the pointed end) is facing upward. Then top up the pot with compost to within 2 in (5 cm) of the rim, to allow for easy watering.