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Planting Bulbs in Containers (page 2 of 2)

by National Gardening Association Editors


Extend the bloom period by planting separate containers with varieties that have various bloom dates (early, mid-, and late season).

Face the flat side of tulip bulbs outward toward the wall of the pot. When the leaves and blossom stalks emerge, they'll grow up and outward, instead of crowding toward the center.

As the bulbs start to bloom, you can move them to a prominent place for best viewing. When they cease to bloom, move the bulb container to an out-of-the-way place while it fades.

You can plant various bulbs in a single container-but be sure to select varieties that are timed to blossom simultaneously (for example, don't pair late-season daffodils with early crocuses). Plant bulbs in layers in deeper containers, with large bulbs deeper and small bulbs closer to the surface. Space bulbs so they aren't planted on top of one another.

Photography By Sabin Gratz/National Gardening Association.

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