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Bulbs in containers

Bulbs in containers

Most bulbs are suited to container planting, however you can really make an impact if you choose large, impressive flowers, such as tulips, lilies, crocuses, irises and alliums.

Bulbs can be planted in autumn, spring and summer (read packet labels to find out which is the best time of year for your bulb).

For best results, choose one variety per container, or two contrasting varieties for extra drama.

Below is a step by step guide on how to get a great display.

Step 1

Bulbs in containers - Step 1

Find an attractive container and place a layer of Westland Potting Grit at the bottom to encourage drainage.

Fill the container with Westland Bulb Planting Compost.

Push bulbs in three times their depth and one bulb width apart. Plant with the pointy nose end upwards.

Step 2

Bulbs in containers - Step 2

Water regularly as they continue to grow and continue over flowering period.

Feed every 8-10 days with a high potassium feed, such as Gro-Sure Tomato Food. Begin feeding when shoots appear and stop once the leaves start to wither at the end of the season.

Step 3

Bulbs in containers - Step 3

Once the leaves start to wither at the end of the season, allow them to die off naturally, then gently cut them off around 12 cm (5 inches) up the stem with a pair of scissors and leave in pot, ready to flower again the following year.  This allows carbohydrate stores to build up as the food store for the dormant period.

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