Planting Bulbs in Pots
Learn About Planting Bulbs in Pots to Bring Drama and Color to Your Garden
Flower bulbs such as daffodils and tulips look fabulous planted in containers, bringing dramatic color and structure to the spring garden. You have complete control over where they will go; you can move them around on your porch, terrace, or steps to wherever they will make the biggest impact. Learn about planting bulbs in pots to create a stunning spring display.
Tips on Planting Bulbs in Pots
- Your bulbs should be planted in the fall, from September to November.
- Terracotta and ceramic pots look good but frost may crack them. Plastic pots are lightweight and will not crack. Make sure there are drainage holes.
- Add compost or soil. Plant the bulbs closely but make sure that they are not touching.
- Cover with more soil and water well. Place the pot in a sheltered position for the winter or bring into a frost-free area such as a garage. Keep the soil just moist over the winter.
- When shoots start to appear, increase watering and move them to their final position.
Planting Bulbs in Pots: The Lasagna Method
Extend the season by planting bulbs in layers, the “lasagna method”. Choose a late-blooming variety such as a tulip for the lowest layer, cover with a little soil then add a mid-season variety - perhaps a narcissus. Finally, add a layer of the earliest blooming bulbs such as snowdrops and crocuses.
Planting Bulbs in Pots Indoors
Bring color and fragrance to your house by planting a pot or two of narcissi Paperwhite or hyacinths that are suitable for growing indoors. Plant in September, keep in a cool dark place for 6 - 8 weeks until the shoots appear, then move to a warm, bright room where their blooms will cheer the dark, cold days of winter.
Now you have learned how to plant bulbs in pots, all you have to do is to choose your favorite varieties. Explore our flower bulb collection where you will find a dazzling array of colorful snowdrops, crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, irises, and alliums to enjoy next spring.