Introduction: Grow a Pot of Bulbs for the Holidays
Growing Narcissus bulbs in a container is a time honored fall tradition. Bulbs will sprout, grow buds and blossom within 6-10 weeks of planting, providing you with a gorgeous show this holiday season.
p.s. There are tons of narcissus beyond paperwhites - experiment away!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies.
- 4 bulbs
- a container at least 8" wide and deep*
- soil to fill
- trowel (optional - go ahead and get your hands dirty!)
- moss or pebbles to cover the soil
*make sure your container has at least one hole in the bottom to let water drain through
Step 2: Fill Your Container to Within 3" of the Top.
When you plant bulbs in pots, you want to place them as high as possible, to give their roots room to grow.
Step 3: Nestle the Bulbs Into the Soil.
Space them out evenly around the pot, and keep the pointy side upright. The top of the bulbs should be just about level with the top of the container.
Step 4: Fill the Container to the Top With Soil.
Tamp the soil down gently with your fingers to secure the bulbs in place. You don't need to cover the tops of the bulbs. Cover the soil with moss or rocks for a finished look.
Step 5: Water Well.
Use enough water that some runs out the bottom of the container. The first watering is important - make sure the soil beneath the moss gets soaked.
Step 6: Next Steps....
Set outside and water every few days, keeping the soil damp. When green leaves start to sprout, bring the container inside to enjoy watching the bulbs grow. Keep watering every few days.
You could also leave the container outside in the garden and enjoy the blooms there.