No sight is more welcome after a long winter than the first blooms of crocus, tulips, daffodils, muscari, hyacinths, and other spring-flowering bulbs. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike can enjoy this up close by layering these bulbs in containers. It’s perfect for those with mobility problems or limited space in urban areas.

Bulbs for spring flowers can be planted in spring or fall. In fall, plant the bulbs and leave the container outdoors, being careful not to let the pots freeze during winter. If the bulbs freeze they’ll be damaged or destroyed and will not bloom. In spring, you’ll first have to hold the bulbs in a refrigerator without fruit for 12-16 weeks before or after planting in the container so they experience the chilling period required to bloom.

Almost any container will work, whether it’s a terra cotta pot (traditional) or a resin container (plastic-type). Large terra cotta pots can become pretty heavy when full of potting soil and plants, so if mobility or strength problems are issues, you’ll want to go with resin. If you use a container of another sort, make sure there’s a drainage hole in the bottom.

Any size flower pot will do – large pots are best for layered displays all spring, such as a combination of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils; small pots can be used for just one variety like crocus or muscari. For a full season display, choose flower bulbs that bloom at different times (see the instructions that come with the bulbs or from the website where you bought them). Generally speaking, tulips and daffodils bloom in early spring, mid-spring or late spring depending on the variety; crocus, scilla, snowdrops and aconite bloom in early spring; hyacinths, muscari, and fritillaria bloom in mid-spring; and ranunculus, anemone, alliums, and spanish bluebells bloom in late spring.

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