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Starting spring flowering bulbs in pots

FiachraFiachra Posts: 2

I want to dig over my flower bed and improve the soil at the end of the flowering season but I also want to plant spring flowering bulbs in September. Can you plant them in pots and transplant them in spring like the way you plant seeds and pot on?


Thanks from an inexperienced enthusiast image


  • DorcasDorcas Posts: 159

    Why not try planting the bulbs up in pond baskets and then you can sink them into the ground when you're ready.  Gives you a chance to see if you've got them in the right area.  After flowering, just dig out the complete basket and leave the bulbs in them to die down naturally.  The following year, you can either replant the basket again (the bulbs are already in there) or take the bulbs out and plant direct into the soil.  The problem with transplanting bulbs once they've started growing is their roots can get damaged as they're very fragile.  Hope this helpsimage                                            

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Yes I used to do tulips in pots then plant them out in springimage
  • FiachraFiachra Posts: 2

    Thank you all for the comments. I will definitely try planting up the tulips in the pots so. I really want to improve the condition of soil in my borders before planting it up and the idea of being able to see potted up plants before setting them in is great. Should help design the patch next spring. Thanks again!

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