Planting Spring Bulbs in Pots

Pots brimming with spring bulbs lift the spirits after winter. Plan ahead and plant up pots in the fall, and for a truly dazzling display, combine a collection of different flowers in one large container.

From: DK Books - Grow Plants in Pots
Spring Bulbs Provide Dramatic Burst of Color

Spring Bulbs Provide Dramatic Burst of Color

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • large frost-proof container
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • all-purpose potting soil
  • gravel
  • selection of bulbs: tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth

Step 1: Prepare Your Container

Arrange Spring Bulbs on Surface of Potting Soil

Arrange Spring Bulbs on Surface of Potting Soil

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare your container as for bushes and perennials. Add a layer of compost and arrange the largest bulbs, such as daffodils, on top. Plant them twice as deep as the height of the bulb. 

Step 2: Cover and Plant Small Bulbs

Cover Spring Bulbs with Layer of Potting Soil

Cover Spring Bulbs with Layer of Potting Soil

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cover the bulbs with a layer of compost, then plant slightly smaller bulbs, such as tulips. Ensure the pointed tips of your bulbs are facing up, and space them closer than recommended on the packet. 

Step 3: Set Pot on "Feet"

Set Pot on Feet to Prevent Waterlogging

Set Pot on Feet to Prevent Waterlogging

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cover the bulbs with a layer of compost, then plant small bulbs, such as grape hyacinths (Muscari) on top. Cover with compost, and set the pot on “feet” to prevent waterlogging. Place in a sunny spot to flower.

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