Bulbs in a pot

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It's bulb planting time! If you want flowers in the spring we've got to plant bulbs now. Some people just don't have the room for them. Maybe you don't even have a small backyard, but you still want to have some daffodils and crocus. There's a way to do it so you can maximize the amount of color you have next spring. It's called bulbs in a pot! First, you've got to have a pot. It can be plastic or clay. You want a pot about 12 to 14 inches in diameter and about 8 to 10 inches deep and, of course, you want the drainage holes.

Then you want to put a layer of soil in the bottom of your pot. Add just about an inch or so layer to start. Now, you want to plant your big bulbs, like the daffodils. With daffodils and many other bulbs, bigger is better. You will get more flowers the first year. Place them about 6 to 8 inches deep in the bottom of your pot. Then put more soil on top so you're covering the top of the bulb. Next get your second size ball bulb that's smaller, such as tulips!

It's smaller, so plant them not as deep as in the pot as the daffodils. You can pop those right on top of the daffodils, and, of course, the flat end down.

Then we had more soil on top of the tulips, just enough so that it covers them. When the soil is up about 2 or 3 inches from the top of the rim of the pot, plant your last small bulbs, like crocus, scilla or a grape hyacinth in the pot. Use any small bulb and plant a bunch of them in there.

Keep adding the soil until you're within about 3 inches of the pot rim. Then you want to water it and let it go dormant. Put it somewhere where it's about 35 to 50 degrees in winter for about three months. It could be in a garage or basement. Just let it stay nice and cool for them. If you do this in October, by January you can bring these pots upstairs and put them in a sunny window. Water them a little bit more and then by February you have beautiful flowers!

~by Charlie Nardozzi