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Bulbs - not just for flower beds...

Growing bulbs in pots is one of the smartest and easiest things you can do in your garden, and it has a huge payoff.

Planting bulbs in containers means you know exactly where they are, you can move them wherever they need to chill and you can place them anywhere they’re going to cause the biggest sensation for spring!

Autumn is the time to plant bulbs, and planting them in containers is no exception.

When picking out your container, you can go as wide as you want, but you want it to be deep enough to accommodate 2-3 inches of soil in the bottom, plus the height of your bulbs, including an inch if space below the rim.

Place your bulbs so there’s no more than ½ an inch between any of them and just cover them with potting mix. You can leave the very tops exposed.

Next, your bulbs need to be chilled. The beauty of planting bulbs in containers is that this can be done anywhere, depending upon your climate and convenience. If you live in an area that experiences cool but mild winters (between 35 and 40 F. or 1 to 4 C.), you can leave your containers outdoors until spring, as long as they’re not made of ceramics or thin plastic, which can crack in the cold.

Keep your pot moist through the winter – this is the time the bulbs are growing their roots. After 2-4 months, shoots should begin to appear. Growing bulbs in pots that mature at different points in the season (using the Lasagna method) will make for continuous and impressive blooming.

Most any bulb will work well in a pot.

After all the blooms have passed, move your container out of the way to allow the foliage to die back. Once it does, remove the bulbs from the soil and store them for planting again in autumn.

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