How to Plant Spring Bulbs in Containers


Growing spring bulbs in containers makes it easy to add color to various parts of your yard and patio. Using containers also allows the enjoyment of spring flowers for those living in apartments or other small housing without yards. Any type of spring flower will work, such as tulips, daffodils, crocus, paperwhites and hyacinths. The hardest part will be choosing which spring flowers you want to grow.

Step 1

Choose a container with drainage holes in the bottom. The size of the container you choose will depend on the location in which you wish to set it. For outdoor use, use 12- to 24-inch-diameter containers. Smaller containers will hold only a few bulbs but work well for indoors or setting in groups on a patio table.

Step 2

Fill the container about three-fourths full with a good potting soil. Place the bulbs on top of the soil with the pointed side up and don't worry about spacing the bulbs. Grouping the bulbs can actually result in a beautiful display of flowers when they bloom. After placing the bulbs in the container, fill in with soil to within half an inch of the top of the container.

Step 3

Water your bulbs well after planting. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Be sure your bulbs have good drainage or they can rot.

Step 4

When combining different bulbs in the same container, be sure they have the same bloom time. Otherwise, the dead foliage from the earlier blooming plants will take away from the beauty of the later blooming flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Bulbs
  • Containers
  • Potting soil
  • Water


  • Fine Gardening: Planting Spring Bulbs in Containers
  • Tulip Care Tips
Keywords: spring bulbs, planting containers, growing

About this Author

Amy Madtson has been writing primarily childbirth-related articles for 15 years. Her experience includes teaching childbirth education and providing labor assistance since 1993, and her goal is to educate women about their options during the childbearing years. Madston's writings have appeared in both online sources and local area publications.