How to plant bulbs in containers

by Natasha Starkell | 23.04.2014 | 2 steps | easy | 10 Min. | 2 times | Rating: 5 votes

If there’s one thing to say about bulbs, it’s that they make a showy performance.

Bulbs are ideal for containers because you can pack them in tightly and make a real impact on your patio or balcony. You could even place pots of bulbs around your garden to add a little seasonal impact.

When planting in containers you can afford to pack bulbs a little tighter together than you normally would do in the garden. You can also create layers of bulbs so that you planter lasts as long as possible.

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Plant one bulb apart

Plant one bulb apart

Plant one bulb apart

Step 1

Plant one bulb apart

Start with the largest bulbs, such as daffodils or tulips, and place them in the compost of your container at a depth of three times their own height. You can plant bulbs in pots at just one bulb’s width apart or even closer if you intend on lifting the bulbs after they’ve flowered and storing them for the following year. 

Items:
Krumpholz Pflanzenkelle, Eschengriff
16.50 €
Ecostone Pflanzschale Ø 40 cm, taupe
14.99 €
Floragard Bioerde, 20 L
6.95 €
Schneeglöckchen, Galanthus, 15 Stck.
4.99 €
Gefüllte späte Tulpen, Angelique, 10 Stück
3.99 €
Hyazinthen Carnegie, 5 Stück
2.99 €
Botanischer Krokus Sieberi Firefly, 20 Stück
2.49 €
Planting bulbs in layers

Planting bulbs in layers

Planting bulbs in layers

Step 2

Planting bulbs in layers

If planting multiple bulb varieties in one pot, place the largest first. Plant these at the required depth, cover with a layer of compost and firm the soil down. Next, choose a smaller bulb variety, such as snowdrops or hyacinths, and add another layer. Keep sandwiching bulb layers. Finally, top your bulb planter with crocus bulbs which can be tightly packed together for maximum impact.

Don’t place more than three layers of bulbs in a pot. Daffodils, snowdrops and crocus work well together.

Bulb containers will need revitalising every few years. At this time, tip out of the contents of your pot, dry and store the bulbs until you’re ready to plant, and replace all compost with fresh soil.

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