Flowering bulbs are the perfect way to bring some next-season cheer into your home.
Snowdrops and crocuses that are starting to emerge in the garden can be transferred to pots and grown on indoors as long as they’re kept cool. So too can bulbs that have been forced in the cold and dark before being slowly exposed to light and warmth.
Don’t worry if you haven’t forced any bulbs or don’t have a garden – florists and nurseries will be bursting with prepared, potted bulbs in various stages of growth.
For variety and colour, group pots of different kinds of bulbs together on a tray.
To get you started, discover how to create this spring bulb tray, below.
You Will Need
- Crocus sieberi 'Firefly'
- Cyclamen coum
- Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'
- Muscari aucheri 'Ocean Magic'
- Galanthus nivalis
- Wooden tray
- Small terracotta pots
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Moss gathered from the garden
Half fill each pot with peat-free multi-purpose compost or bulb fibre. Break up any large lumps and make sure there are no air pockets.
Divide potted bulbs into portions that are the right size for your pots. Gently separate the bulbs, taking care not to damage the blooms.
Place the bulbs in the pot, firming them in place with your fingers. Fill any gaps with more compost, settling it in place by gently tapping the pot.
Cover the compost with mulch (choosing gravel for cyclamen and iris and moss for the crocus) and leave the top of the bulb poking out. Water well.
Arrange the pots in a rustic tray. Choose one online or find one you like at garden centres. Move them around as different blooms peak.