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Bulbs for Containers
Choosing your Container
Good drainage is vital to bulbs, so choose pots with
large holes. Terracotta pots are great for spring
flowering bulbs because they are porous and allow
water through their sides as well as their drainage
holes. This lessens the chance of bulb rot during our
wet, mild winters. Wooden containers also to drain
A well-drained soil is essential for bulbs. Add either
10% crushed pumice rock or washed sand to our
GARDENWORKS Planter Box Mix and youre ready to go!
When planting bulbs, be sure to fertilize with GARDEN-
WORKS Bone Meal or Bulb Food at planting time, and,
again, just after blooming. Although these products
are virtually interchangeable, there is one major
difference: since it is organic, bone meal is slower to
take effect. As a result, bone meal makes a better
over-winter feed, while bulb food supplies a burst of
feed in the spring.
Caring for your New Pot of Bulbs
Place your container outside in a sunny location
where it will receive natural rain or can be watered.
Since most bulbs are much hardier than necessary for
our mild winters, there is no need to shelter them.
You may apply a light mulch during heavy-frost peri-
ods, once the foliage and buds starts to show above
the soil. Keep your container evenly moist, and avoid
digging near the developing plants.
Moving the Pot
When in bloom plant containers can be moved to the
best site in the garden and if the pot is small enough,
can even be brought into the house. After blooming,
the pot can be stored out of sight in a garage or
shed; or carefully planted over for a spring, summer
and fall show. During each replanting, be extra
careful around the developing bulbs.
Potted Bulb Design Guide
Planting up your own recipe of colour is always fun!
Almost all spring-flowering bulbs can be grown in
pots. Choose bulbs that will flower all at once, cre-
ating a big colourful display.
Soft Colour schemes
Pastel shades are probably