https://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/IMG_4817-Copy.jpg 2848 4272 Sally Burroughs https://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/logo-green.jpg Sally Burroughs2017-10-25 14:58:202018-06-01 16:32:09Bulb Basics: Planting Bulbs in Containers
You can enjoy bulbs planted in containers by your entrance, on your balcony, deck, patio and even out in your garden. All of these spaces benefit from a pop of color come spring. As you plant your containers for fall and winter, try including a few bulbs to extend your containers into late winter and early spring. For example, one of my favorite things to do is to place bulbs underneath my pansies. As winter progresses towards spring, my bulbs emerge through the soil and fill the space between the other flowers with a fresh pop of spring color.
What you need to get started:
- A container made of well-fired terracotta or high quality clay, ceramic, composite (poly), concrete or any other winter hardy material that is at least 14” in diameter. Make sure your container of choice has a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Remove all saucers so that the container does not sit in water.
- Good quality potting soil. I enjoy using our Merrifield Potting Mix or Pro Mix.
- Slow release, natural plant food such as Bulb Tone or Plant Tone. Plants need only small amounts of fertilization in winter.
- Bulbs and plants as desired.
- River Jacks ( 3/8”), Seminole chips or pea gravel. I add 1” of this small gravel to the top of the pot after it is planted to keep the squirrels from digging into the soil.
- Small price of landscape fabric to cover drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.