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Flower bulbs in pots

To enjoy spring-flowering bulbs, you don’t need a garden. This is because everyone can plant flower bulbs in pots. Plant them this autumn so you can be sure of having lots of colour in your garden or on your balcony or patio.

For everyone

Planting flower bulbs in pots and containers gives everyone a chance to enjoy the bright, cheerful colours of these stunning flowers. They look just right in any garden and on every balcony or patio - no matter how large or small the space. You can even enjoy them if all you have is a windowsill, balcony or doorstep.

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Move them around

If you have a large outdoor space, then make the most of it! The advantage of pots and containers is that you can move them around. The pots filled with flowers at their prettiest can be placed in front with the ones yet to bloom in back, a little out of sight.

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Create an inviting mini-garden on your balcony or patio by setting flower bulbs in pots on a table. This can be accomplished by using a large number of small pots filled with small varieties of flower bulbs such as snowdrops, (Galanthus), crocuses (Crocus), grape hyacinths (Muscari) and dwarf irises (Iris reticulata). What a colour explosion this will make in early spring!



What’s the best way to plant flower bulbs in pots and containers? It’s important that the pot is deep enough; there has to be room for a layer of potting compost at least three times the height of the bulb both under and above the flower bulbs. This way, they have enough room to grow. Also make sure there is a hole at the bottom so that excess water can drain away.

Watch this video about planting flower bulbs in pots.


All flower bulbs can be planted in pots and containers. The six most commonly used are: tulips (Tulipa), daffodils (Narcissus), hyacinths (Hyacinthus), grape hyacinths (Muscari), crocuses (Crocus) and dwarf irises (Iris reticulata). But other flower bulbs like Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa), Spring Starflower (Ipheion) and Striped Squill (Pushkinia) will perform beautifully as well.



But what if your garden isn’t that sunny? That’s no problem either. Just choose flower bulbs that can tolerate shade. These include Wood Anemone (Anemone nemerosa), Chequered Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), Siberian Squill (Scilla), certain daffodil varieties (Narcissus), Winter Aconite (Eranthis) and Snowdrop (Galanthus).

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