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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Plant Bulbs in Containers Now for Spring Blooms!

Did you not get around to planting Tulips and Daffodils and now have a snow-covered garden? If you are in hardiness zones 4-7, try layering bulbs in large containers and placing them in the garage immediately. Come spring, bring outside and voila - A gorgeous array of early spring color to beautify your porch or patio!

Daffodils First.

When choosing varieties to plant in containers, we suggest layering them, commonly known as “lasagna planting.” This will give you a versatile, unique display of color that will last longer throughout the spring. Towards the bottom of your container try planting gorgeous, hardy Daffodil varieties such as Pink Charm, Misty Glen, Thalia, Butterfly Daffodils Orangery, Cheerfulness and more! We recommend planting the bulbs about 6” deep, making sure there is a good layer of soil below them, allowing their roots to grow.

Then, Tulips!

Next, add a couple of inches of soil to your container and plant Tulip Bulbs. Try adding a variety of different colors such as our Darwin Tulip Mixture, Lily Flowered Mixture, Beauty of Apeldoorn, Pretty Woman, Blue Moon Mix and more. Plant Tulip bulbs about 4-5” deep, if possible, making sure there is a barrier of soil between them and the Daffodil Bulbs.

Fill in the rest of your container with soil, add some bulb fertilizer if you’d like, and place your containers in the garage, making sure the temperature does not get below freezing. In the spring months, once the snow melts and ground temperatures warm, bring your containers outside for a marvelous display of color!

Happy Gardening!

2 thoughts on “Plant Bulbs in Containers Now for Spring Blooms!”

  • jenny desautell
    jenny desautell January 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    What about watering the pots you put in garage??..water often or once in a while or what. Thanks

    • Amanda Shepard

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for the question! The bulbs are essentially staying dormant in the garage so they will only need an initial watering right after planting, to remove any air pockets in the soil.

      Happy Gardening!

      - Amanda

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