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. 

Spring Bulbs Planted in Patio Container

Spring Bulbs Planted in Patio Container

Spring bulbs are easy to plant and grow in a pot. Mixed spring bulbs make a colorful accent on patio or front porch.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Reuse Broken Pots

Reuse Broken Pots in Bottom of Patio Container

Reuse Broken Pots in Bottom of Patio Container

Choose a container with good drainage holes and fill base with cracked pieces of pottery to further help with drainage.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Create Drainage

Create Drainage

Adda layer of gravel on top of broken pottery pieces, This will increase drainage for spring bulbs, such as tulips, that need very good drainage in order to bloom.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 Container with Compost for Spring Bulbs

Fill Container with Compost for Spring Bulbs

Fill the pot to within 6 inches of rim with compost or multi purpose soil.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Plant Spring Bulbs Pointed Up

Plant Spring Bulbs Pointed Up

Plant bulbs 3 times their own depth. Make sure the shoot is facing upward. Top the pot off with compost to within 2 inches of rim. Allow for easy watering.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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. 

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