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1. Plant containers from September to November.

2. Select a pot that has drainage holes. If you would like to display your bulbs in a cachepot (a ceramic container with no drainage holes), you can plant the bulbs in a plastic pot and slide it into the ornamental container when it's ready for display. Click here to see a variety of containers.

3. Plant containers with a commercial-grade potting soil. And remember, all bulbs need good drainage.

4. Because the bulbs are in the containers for such a short time, fertilizer feeding is not essential. They generally have enough energy stored in the bulb.

5. Plant bulbs close together in pots to create a full container, but give them enough space so that they are not touching each other.

6. Plant bulbs with the pointed end facing upward.

7. Cover bulbs so that they are just below the soil's surface. After watering, the soil level will settle so that the tips of the bulbs are barely poking above the surface.

8. Label each pot with the variety of bulbs in the pot and the time of planting.

9. Water the pots thoroughly.

10. Unlike terra-cotta pots, plastic pots do not "breath." Water them carefully so that they don't become waterlogged.

Shown here: hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

By

Sonia Uyterhoeven, garden expert, The New York Botanical Garden



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