How to grow Bulbs in Pots and the Garden
Growing Bulbs in the garden can be relatively easy or a real challenge depending on the type of bulb and the climate. Bulbs such as daffodils, tulips crocus and hyacinths are all relatively easy given the right climate. Difficult bulbs such as some of the fritillaria including fritillaria imperialis can be a real challenge. Obtaining the right moisture, drainage, temperature and light situation can be a reward when some of the rarer bulbs are grown.
Choosing your Bulbs.
Remember always choose firm bulbs, bulbs that are soft have begun to deteriorate and will probably rot in the ground. Bulbs that are stored in light conditions for long periods on store shelves or displays are also suspect.
Division of Bulbs is important if you wish to multiply them successfully, summer flowering bulbs should be dug and stored in a dry cool place. Bulb beds should be covered with a layer of mulch to minimize temperature fluctuations.
Fertilize from shooting until bud formation with a recognized bulb fertilizer.
Bulbs in Containers.
Growing Bulbs in pots need not be difficult and can be a great way of creating a show of co lour, however you do need to use a good quality potting mix. Specialist Bulb mediums are available.
Frittillaria and other 'rare & difficult' bulbs may require specialist attention. Make sure that you purchase from a reputable supplier who can provide specific horticultural information.