It’s time to plant bulbs and you can do that in the ground or you can do it in pots so in the Spring you can have potted tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and other Spring bulbs on your patio.
Take a pot and add soil to six inches from the rim. Place your bulbs (pointy side up) about 5″ to 6″ apart. Cover with soil. Put them in a cool (not freezing) dark place like a garage or basement. Make sure you keep the soil moist (not soggy) and when you’re ready for them to grow (late March to early April) get them out and start watering them regularly and you will have a nice pot of flowers. Tulips are planted about 6″ deep. Depending on the type of bulb you are planting, plant it to the depth it says on the package.
You can use any size pot you would like. The smaller the pot the more you need to check and make sure the soil hasn’t totally dried up.
If you use a large pot, after the bulbs are blooming, you can plant pansies and other cool weather flowers in the pot with them to make a nice container garden.
If you use a smaller pot you can get a larger pot and “sink” the bulb pot down into the larger pot so it looks like the bulbs are planted in the pot and plant other cool weather flowers like pansies, or stock around it. Later when the bulbs are finished you can just remove the pot and replace it with or other seasonal flowers to give it a new look without replanting the whole pot.
When you remove the bulb pot you can take the bulbs and plant them in your garden for next Spring.
I tried this last year but true to form I did not check them once a month and I didn’t keep them moist enough. The trick is to keep the soil moist enough that the bulbs don’t dry up but not so wet that they rot. I got a couple of leaves but no blooms.
Some people call this forcing bulbs because you’re forcing them to bloom before their usual seasonal time. We prefer to say we’re coaxing them to bloom a little early because Spring is their usual time to grow.
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