Pot up spring bulbs

Gardeners' World - - What To Do Now -

Bulb plant­ing be­gins in earnest in Septem­ber but con­tin­ues busily into Oc­to­ber with the one ex­cep­tion of tulips, which wait un­til Novem­ber and even De­cem­ber for their plant­ing. In­creas­ingly I grow bulbs in con­tain­ers, which means that we are ac­cu­mu­lat­ing more and more pots, and the one rule of a good pot is that it must be filled with some­thing most of the time. So scil­las, mus­cari, nar­cissi, hy­acinths, irises and frit­il­lar­ies are planted in gritty com­post, along with pans of win­ter­flow­er­ing pan­sies and vi­o­las. The larger pots see dou­ble or even triple ser­vice through­out the year so bulbs are planted shal­lowly, of­ten in big pans, and then re­moved af­ter flow­er­ing and planted out to die back slowly so the pots can be re­planted with a sum­mer dis­play. But as au­tumn pro­gresses it is the prospect of th­ese dis­plays of in­tense bulbs next Fe­bru­ary and March that sits qui­etly in each of th­ese seem­ingly empty grit- cov­ered pots.

For a daz­zling dis­play of mus­cari and nar­cissi next spring, plant bulbs now in pots of gritty com­post

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