10 step guide to layering spring bulbs in containers

10 step guide to layering spring bulbs in containers

10 step guide to layering spring bulbs in containers

This is a guest blog by James Hobbs – From Buckinghamshire, James has been gardening most of his life and is learning new things every day. Check out James’ profile on GardenTags.

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You’ve probably noticed that most garden centres are now getting their spring bulbs in stock like daffodils, crocus and tulips. You may feel like summer is only just ending but it’s never too early to think about spring bulbs.  In this blog I’ll let you know how to go about planting your pots up for lively spring colour and enduring garden interest.

Most bulbs work well in pots, for a great spring display try planting them in layers. As not all bulbs need to be planted at the same depth. By planting them in layers this will allow you to have different bulbs flowering at different times, which means you can have a steady stream of colour all spring!  Tip:  if you plant winter bedding at the top of the pot you will get even more colour!

Planting bulb containers

@Tash74 on GardenTags is planting up her bulb containers

  1. Pick a pot that you would like to use; the bigger the pot the better
  2. Add a layer of compost and add some slow release plant food
  3. Plant the bigger bulbs on this layer – alliums large tulips and narcissus
  4. Cover the bulbs with a minimum of 6cm compost and some more feed
  5. Now for the next layer plant this one with medium size bulbs e.hyacinths and smaller tulips and narcissus
  6. Cover again with compost and more feed as above
  7. Now it’s time to add the smallish bulbs like crocus and dwarf iris
  8. Add more compost and then plant some winter bedding plants
  9. Just remember to raise the pot to avoid them sitting in water during the winter.
  10. Now sit back and relax

In my next blog I’ll show you how to naturalize your spring bulb planting.

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