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How to layer bulbs in a pot


If you want a spring-flowering display to go on as long as possible, plant separate layers of different varieties of bulbs in one pot. All you need to create a display which flowers in succession is a large pot and a variety of bulbs that will flower at different times. Here, we've used two varieties of daffodil, which flower at different times. But you can also layer pots with mixed bulbs, including tulips, daffodils and crocus.

How to do it


Fill the base of the pot with compost and plant a layer of large-flowered daffodils on top. Cover with a little compost.


Next plant a layer of tulips. Spread the bulbs out generously across the surface and cover with more compost.

Our tip

Daffodils benefit from early planting (in September) but tulips are best left to a November planting.

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CrazyGardener 15/01/2013 at 12:19

Does it matter if you place the 2nd layer of bulbs directly over a bulb in the first (i.e. lowest) layer?

nutcutlet 15/01/2013 at 12:47

I'm sure the leaves and flowers will bend round the upper ones and find their way out. If one of the upper layer ones gets pushed up you can always put it back.

jo4eyes 15/01/2013 at 12:50

I wouldnt deliberately do it, but am sure have done in the past. The bulbs all come up fine. They will find their way upwards no problem. J.

hollie hock 15/01/2013 at 22:07

Wouldn't worry too much about it, I always plant largest bulbs at the bottom like daffs, then slightly larger ones such as tulips and then the smaller ones on top. They all  always find their way up to the surface

flowering rose 16/01/2013 at 14:14

yes ,trying out this very year,so far so good at least ,Have daffs coming up as I type.

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