Transplanting Flower Bulb Containers

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When a potted plant becomes overcrowded, it's time to divide the flowers. Learn how to transplant bulbs in this free gardening video about how to plant flower bulbs in containers. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from, and in this series we're learning all about how to plant flower bulbs in containers. And in this segment, we're going to talk about what to do with your containers when they get overcrowded, cause' we start with just a few bulbs, and they come back for three or four years, and all of a sudden we find that the pot is just filled with bulbs and the plants aren't doing as well as they did the year before, cause' they're just so crowded. So all you have to do is take the bulbs out of the container, and I usually like to go from the bottom down, instead of up, down, cause' it seems it's easier to separate them that way. And these are not that crowded really, so they're going to pull right apart. If they were a little bit harder to divide I'd actually take a shovel down there, or I'd take scissors, or I'd just try to pry them apart with a screwdriver, cause' as long as the bulbs aren't damaged too much they'll still grow. And generally when you have a lot of bulbs a couple being damaged is not going to hurt. So these have already multiplied, so what I'm going to do with these, cause' I want to use this container for summer bulbs, these are been tulips and daffodils that have just bloomed in the spring, and now instead of leaving this container pretty much dormant all winter with no color, I'm going to turn around and plant these in my garden, or if you don't have a garden, you can always leave them in a plastic bag or a paper bag, or you can just plant over the top of them with summer blooming bulbs too, and a larger container. So once you've divided them you can just take the babies right off. They just divide; they break right in two. Sometimes it's easier to twist them as well. So you can turn around and maybe pot two pots up as well out of the one, so next year they're not so crowded. You can always give them away to friends if you need a last minute gift, or you can turn around and plant them right in the garden, as we talked about already. So it's really easy to divide your bulbs in a container, cause' they haven't taken over the whole neighborhood, and pretty much anytime is the right time to divide them. I find it's easiest to divide them right after they're done blooming, so if they're a spring blooming plant, in the summertime, or if they're a summer blooming plant, in the fall or winter. Then pretty much my rule is if they're in the middle of blooming don't divide them then, cause' a lot of times you'll break them apart, and you might lose some of them, but yet you'll never lose the bulb, cause' no matter what it will come back. Anytime is the right time to divide summer blooming, or fall blooming, or spring blooming bulbs. Thanks for watching this series on flower bulbs for containers, and I hope you've enjoyed it and learned something from it. So please join me on another gardening series.