Given the right conditions, bulbs are happy anywhere — in window-boxes, tubs, old sinks, or naturalized in the smallestlawn.
Whether you are planting a window-box, tub or pot, you should remember that all bulbs need good, especially if grown in tubs outdoors. They will rot quickly in waterlogged conditions, so if your does not have drainage holes you must put a good layer of broken crocks at the bottom.
The only exception to this rule is when you are forcing bulbs indoors in bulb fibre.
Bulbs that are to be grown permanently in a, to flower year after year, should be planted in a soil-based potting compost. Bulb fibre, which is made up of peat, crushed oyster shell
and charcoal, has no nutrients in it; bulbs planted in bulb fibre are therefore unable to build up food reserves for the following year.
Growing bulbs outdoors Bulbs grown outdoors on aor balcony can give you months of cheerful colour. The majority are planted in late summer or in early autumn to flower from February to May. Plant summer-flowering bulbs in March.
Mix a little peat into your compost before you plant your bulbs, and scatter some bonemeal over it. Use 100g per square metre (4oz per square yard) and reapply every other year.
Plant your bulbs as soon as you have bought them, otherwise they will start to grow. This will weaken them and result in a poor show of. Make a hole two to three times the depth of the bulb with a dibber or trowel. Do not screw the bulb down into the compost, but make certain that it is resting firmly on its base, with no air pockets underneath it.
Top the container up with more compost to level off. Check every two weeks to see if they need.
Growing bulbs indoors Many of the bulbs that flower outdoors in spring can be planted in bowls, left outside and then brought indoors as soon as the buds appear. The heat of a normal room will bring them into bloom.
Spring bulbs outdoors
- : all daffodil varieties. Grow some of the miniatures such as the hoop petticoat daffodil, N. bulbocodium, and N. canaliculatus ‘Jenny’.
- Tulipa (tulips): the best for small gardens are varieties such as T. fosteriana.
For bringing indoors
- Hyacinthus ( ): try multi-flowered varieties.
- : ‘Paper White’ does not need to be plunged.
- Lilium (Lily)
Leave outdoor bulbs to die down naturally unless you want the container for some other plants. In this case, lift them and transfer to a spare tub filled with potting compost. Water them in and then leave them. Never remove the foliage until it has withered completely.
Remove thefrom indoor plants as they fade, but do not remove the or stalks. Continue to water and until all the have withered, then lift the bulbs and leave them in a cool dry place to dry. You can now pull off the dead foliage and pack the bulbs away until it is time to plant them again when the right planting time comes.
You will be able to buy your bulbs in late summer or early autumn from garden centres and nurseries. Make certain you choose bulbs that feel firm and show no signs of bruising or.
You can order high quality bulbs from any of the well-known bulb nurseries, whose catalogues are available from mid-August and online bulb stores. Always buy the best you can afford, as they will give the best results. Cheap offers can result in disappointment so make a note of where you buy your bulbs and record the quality of the results.
Bulbs are inexpensive,and do not need expert care. Best of all, many of them bloom in late winter or early spring, bringing colour and fragrance when we need it most.