How to plant Bulbs in Pots.
Planting Bulbs in pots has a number of advantages including the ability to move pots into a better position for display when bulbs are in flower. Nearly all flower bulbs can be grown successfully in pots or containers. Most garden pots are either Plastic or Terra cotta however the principles of planting bulbs in pots remains the same.
Miniature bulbs are a popular choice for pot culture, however tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many south African Bulbs also grow well in pots or containers. It is important to choose a free draining potting mix and use proper drainage techniques when planting bulbs in pots.
Growing Bulbs in Pots and Containers
The problem with planting bulbs in pots is that pots can become waterlogged if not properly drained, this can cause bulbs to rot fairly quickly. It is essential to use crock in the bottom of the pot to promote good drainage, it is also important not to sit pots dirtily onto soil, drainage holes can easily become blocked and cause problems.
Many growers add extra grit to potting mixes to ensure drainage is maintained. The grit can also be added as a layer directly below the bulb itself.
- Remember that pots tend to heat up in direct sun and this can cause the potting soil to dry very quickly.
- Pots are a great way to grow special bulbs, extra care can be given and protection from extreme heat or cold is easier.
- Bulbs grown in pots can be over wintered in a position where they they will not receive to much water.
- Bulbs in pots will require fertilizer to perform well and also require dividing or 'potting up' as they become overcrowded.
- Potting soil becomes exhausted after a year or two, so be prepared to replant bulbs in clean pots and with new potting soil as required.