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When you are stacking your bulbs remember to put the largest blubs on the bottom and smaller bulbs on the top. Remember to choose a sunny, well draining container or section of your garden when planting your bulbs. My general rule is to plant each bulb 6-8 inches deep. Once you have planted your larger bulbs, cover them with about 2 inches of the soil you dug out to plant the larger bulbs. Then plant your smaller bulbs.

Pink tulips in a pot.

Bulb Stacking = More Blooms

This spring the smaller bulbs will be the first to bloom and by the time they stop blooming the larger bulbs will present a beautiful array of color.

Remember bulbs look better when they bloom in mass so plant your bulbs in groups of 5 or more.

bulb-stacking

A few thoughts to consider when planting your bulbs in containers

  1. Remember how tall your bulbs will grow, if you have a deep pot, fill some of the space with pinecones prior to adding your soil. It will make the pot easier to move and saves on the amount of potting soil you will need.
  2. Fill the containers with a good quality potting soil to within a few inches of the rim. Stay away from using garden soil as it is too heavy and will drain too slowly for your bulbs.
  3. For lots of color plant lots of bulbs. You can place your bulbs shoulder to shoulder across the surface of the soil, leaving no space between them. Then top off with more potting soil so the bulbs are just slightly below the surface. Water your containers thoroughly and finish with a layer of much.
  4. Leave your pots outside for winter chilling, the more exposure to cold temperatures your bulbs receive, the better they will bloom this spring.
  5. Plan for succession of color which will deliver a succession of spring flowers from early March through early May.
  6. Pick the right spot, most bulbs do best in full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sun a day.
  7. Remember to place your bulbs with the pointed end facing up.

 

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