Now that Fall is here, people are thinking about family get
together, holiday visitors, cooking & gift giving. Thinking about your garden planters and next
Spring is not even a vague notion. But,
as you will read, now is the time to be thinking about planting up your garden
It only takes a bit of planning to assure that next Spring
when you least expect it colorful flowers will start shooting up from your
garden planters. So, what is the first
step? How about deciding what flowerpots
you want to plant the bulbs in.
out a summer planter or how about purchasing that one pot you have had your
eyes on for some time now! Either way,
make sure that the pots you select are deep enough to bury the bulbs into,
making sure they are completely covered with potting soil. Azalea pots are
shorter than a standard flowerpot but they work well. A drain hole is also important. That way the bulbs don’t sit in standing
water and possibly rot.
Planting fall bulbs in containers is similar than planting
them directly into the soil. What’s
great is that you can really pack a bunch of bulbs together creating a colorful potted display when bloomed. Try to plant the
bulbs 6” deep with the pointy end facing up and the roots down. Group them together for a huge display or
space them for a sparse display. Try to
keep the bulb count odd not even.
Cover the top of the clay garden pot with mulch to protect
the bulbs while they over winter. You
can use leaves, peat moss, pine needles or a mulch product from your local
garden center. That’s it. Not all that difficult. So, if you plan NOW think about what you will
have next Spring!