How to Plant Bulbs in Pots for Transplanting Next Year


Bulbs that are cold-tender in your area must be stored during the winter months in a warmer location in order to grow and bloom again the next year. While most bulbs are typically stored in bags or in containers with just a couple handfuls of soil, you can choose to plant your bulbs in pots before transplanting them next year. This is a form of forcing, where the bulbs root during storage and then bloom about 3 weeks after transpbeing transplanted, when warm weather arrives.

Step 1

Select a pot that has drainage holes and is 2 inches taller than your bulbs. Fill it with 2 inches of all-purpose potting soil.

Step 2

Set like bulbs on top of the soil close together, but not touching if possible.

Step 3

Fill the pot with soil. Pack the soil lightly down, but don't damage the bulbs in the process. Keep adding the soil and lightly packing it down until the soil covers the bulbs to the rim.

Step 4

Water the bulbs slowly and until it seeps out the bottom. Add more soil if it settled below the bulbs.

Step 5

Keep the bulbs in a location with above freezing temperatures but cooler than 45 degrees F. Most bulbs should be stored for at least 3 months before transplanting them or moving them to a warmer location.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Potting soil
  • Water


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