Spring bulb tray

How to create a spring bulb tray

In this easy project, we show you how to create a colourful display using spring-flowering bulbs.

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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

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To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do To do in December

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. 

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.

You will need

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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

Divide potted bulbs into portions that are the right size for your pots. Gently separate the bulbs, taking care not to damage the blooms. 

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Step 3

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. 

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Step 4

Cover the compost with mulch (choosing gravel for cyclamen and iris) and leave the top of the bulb poking out. Water well. 

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Step 5

Moss also makes an attractive topping, but do make sure it’s from a sustainable source when purchasing, or rake it up from your lawn. 

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Step 6

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. 

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Using sustainable moss

If buying moss, it’s important to only choose moss that has been grown sustainably, as the wetlands they’re harvested from are unique, vital ecosystems that are home to many important species. 

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