Bulbs for pots - Spring favourites
bulb lasagne collection for pots
- 2 collections
- Standard £4.95
Each collection contains 80 bulbs, which will be suitable for planting into one 45cm diameter pot. Buy 2 collections for £35 saving £14.90.
- Position: full sun or partial shade, though best in full sun
- Soil:a good potting compost or well-drained soil that remains moist during winter and spring
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Yellow, pink and blue are such cheerful colours for the spring garden. When potted up, this collection of bulbs will go on to produce a bountiful display of flowers from March to May.
In each collection you will receive:
25 x Scilla siberica
Dainty spikes of up to five bell-shaped violet-blue flowers in March and April rise above slender, strap-shaped mid-green leaves. Grows to 25cm.
25 x Muscari latifolium
The bottom two thirds of the flowerspikes are coloured a very dark blue and appear near black in certain lights, while the upper third is topped by a tuft of striking bright blue flowers in March. Voted International Flower Bulb Centre's official bulb of the year in 2005. Grows to 15cm.
10 x Narcissus 'Sailboat'
Each stem can carry up to three sweetly scented flowers, so when planted en-masse, these jonquils not only look good, but smell great too. They have creamy white, windswept petals and a cup, which fades from butter to cream as it matures in March and April. Grows to 30cm.
10 x Tulipa 'Pink Diamond'
Plump, pale pink flowers with petals that fade to near-white at their outer edges, look very pretty against the grey-green foliage of this single late (May-flowering) tulip. The flowers are also great for cutting. Grows to 40cm.
10 x Tulipa 'Sweetheart'
Pure gold classical flutes with attractive feathery lemon yellow to creamy-white margins top sturdy stems in April. It is at its best when planted with contrasting shades of blue, which will really bring out the lemon meringue colouring.Grows to 40cm.
- Planting and Care Guidelines:
Select a pot that has adequate drainage holes and prepare your compost. Bulbs growing in containers prefer a freely draining mix, so a 3:1 blend of John Innes No2 and grit is ideal. The aim is to plant each bulb at approximately three times their own depth, allowing one bulb width between each. When ready to start planting, fill the pot with a layer of compost and starting with the largest bulbs, place them on the top of this layer with their shoot facing upwards. Infill with compost, gently firming down around the bulbs until reaching the correct level for the next set of bulbs. Continue in this fashion until all the bulbs are planted and then top up the compost to within a few centimetres of the top of the pot. Water thoroughly and then place the pot in a sunny spot. During the winter months, you will need to water occasionally to prevent the compost from drying out completely, but watering should be increased while the bulbs are actively growing and for at least six weeks after they have finished flowering. As soon as the new growth appears, start to feed them with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite. This should be continued at 7 - 10 day intervals until the flowers have faded and the foliage has started to die back. Resist the urge to remove the faded foliage (or tie a knot in it) until it has turned yellow and dry. The tulips should be replaced each year, but the other bulbs can be lifted, stored and replanted the the following autumn.