Mixed Bulb Container Recipe Tulips And Muscari

Preparing Fall Bulb Planters for Spring

To some people, tulips and other bulbs may be the last thing on your mind at this time of year, but if you take a little time now to plant up some fall bulb planters for next spring, I bet you will be pleased as punch that you did!Plant colorful fall bulbs in containers in the fall and next spring they will be gorgeous

Plant colorful fall bulbs in containers in the fall and next spring they will be gorgeous!Planting fall bulbs in containers is no different from planting them in the ground, other than that you can really pack in a bunch for a colorful display that can be moved around the garden next spring to fill in bloom voids.Mixed bulb container recipe - tulips and muscari

Follow these instructions for planting full bulbs and then let your creativity take over! Think about incorporating color patterns; staggering flowering times with early, mid, and late season bloomers; and playing with different heights.Plant colorful fall bulbs in containers in the fall and next spring they will be gorgeous!

For practicality, choose containers that will overwinter in your area. Glazed ceramic, resin, or plastic pots have good longevity and protect plants in the winter. Unglazed terracotta will absorb moisture, freeze, and crack, so it is best to store those for mild weather use only.Mixed bulb container recipe - tulips and narcissus in a wine barrel

Mixed fall bulb planter recipe - tulips and grape hyacinths

Use a good quality container soil mix and make sure the container has good drainage. Some self-watering containers are not a good choice for overwintering in rainy or cold areas where the soil needs proper drainage to keep roots healthy. Plant colorful fall bulb planters in the fall and next spring they will be gorgeous!

You could also dress them up for fall and winter with these temporary displays:

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

These are the 5 bulbs that you need to plant now for spring

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

  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.

    • Linda Hoberman
      Linda HobermanAugust 14,16

      I don’t have a deck

      • Stephanie Rose
        Stephanie RoseAugust 14,16

        Hi Linda, that was just a suggestion. Do you have any undercover area or an unheated garage?

  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

  5. Laurin Lindsey
    Laurin LindseySeptember 16,14

    Thank you for the inspiring ideas! Pinned this post : ) I planted 3 kinds of daffodils two years ago and they each bloom for 2 weeks consecutively. Then the snowdrops start and that is the beginning of spring here in Houston!

  6. Sophi Medren
    Sophi MedrenOctober 11,14

    Hey, thanks for giving planting ideas. A few days I was also thinking to plant flower bulbs in my garden and find some tips. Now these ideas are helping me for better planting and growing flower bulbs fast and easily.

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    EmilyAugust 27,16

    I’ve never tried planting spring bulbs in containers in the fall, but what a great idea! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

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