by Suzanne DeJohn
Learn to layer fall-planted bulbs in a container for non-stop spring color, right outside your door!
Spring may seem a long time away, but if you want to enjoy tulips, crocus and other spring bloomers, now is the time to plant. In addition to planting out in the garden, consider planting bulbs in containers. In spring, you can use them to dress up your front entrance, deck or patio, providing early spring color just when you need it most.
In regions where temperatures don't drop much below freezing, planting bulbs in containers is easy. Simply pot them up, planting them at the same depth you'd plant them in the garden. In the confined space of a planter, you can squeeze in extra bulbs by layering them. Plant large bulbs like tulips and add more soil. Finally, plant small bulbs like crocus just an inch or two deep. Water thoroughly, and keep the soil moist (but not wet) through winter.
Planting Bulbs in Containers Like a Pro