Grape Hyacinth And Tulip Planter

Preparing Fall Bulb Planters for Spring

To some people, tulips and other bulbs may be the last thing on your mind but if you take a little time now to plant up some large containers for next spring, I bet you will be pleased as punch that you did!Tulip and Narcissus Wine Barrel Planter

Planting fall bulbs in containers is no different than planting them in the ground, other than you can really pack in a bunch for a colourful display that can be moved around the garden next spring to fill in bloom voids.

Grape Hyacinth and Tulip Planter

Follow these instructions for planting full bulbs and then let your creativity take over! Think about creating colour patterns; staggering flowering times with early, mid, and late season bloomers; and playing with different height.Fall Bulb Planter

For practicality, choose containers that will overwinter in your area. Use a good quality container soil mix and make sure the container has good drainage. You could also dress them up for fall and winter with these temporary displays:

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For more ideas on great bulbs to plant this year, check out: Five Fall Bulbs to Plant For Long Lasting Spring Colour.



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. pauline
    paulineSeptember 21,13

    i am wondering. if I plant them in a container, aren’t they going to freeze during winter time?
    i live in canada where it becomes very cold during winter time.
    Thank you

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieSeptember 22,13

    I’m also in Canada, Pauline, in Vancouver though where we have to worry about rainfall and freezing temperatures (read: soil turns to blocks of ice). The best solution is to move the pots under cover for the coldest months, like under a deck. But that really depends on just how cold it gets, how wet the soil is, what type of bulbs they are, and how big the container is. It would be best to ask about your specific bulbs at a nursery, but you can also email me some more specifics and we can see what the best overwintering solution may be for your area.

  3. Charlene
    CharleneSeptember 29,13

    Hi!! Love your great advice! I live in Puerto Rico ,Very warm weather and love bulbs, how can I grow them. We have minimal winter temp. Of 75 sometimes. I’ve heard I can keep the bulbs in the fridge. Not sure how to do it. Will be very thankful for your advice!!

  4. Denise
    DeniseOctober 20,13

    My friend just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook.(also a blog) I’m glad for the two recommendations. I love when people share good blogs with each other. Denise

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