Protecting Flower Bulb Containers

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Caring for potted plants differs from season to season. Learn how to protect flower bulb containers during the summer, winter, fall, and spring 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 take care of our potted flower garden, and we're using bulbs. So the trick with bulbs in the winter is keep them dry. So they need to be in a container that's got good drainage. So a lot of my heartier bulbs like my lilies, or even the white Calla Lilies seem to do okay in the pot outside wet in the winter. And I never lose them. But I have a lot of bulbs that are a little more tender, things like colored Calla Lilies, or Canna Lilies, that in the northwest if you leave them in a pot, and that pot goes frozen, I'm going to lose the bulb inside. So let's equate it to like lettuce in the crisper of your refrigerator. So if the lettuce is dry, it can sit right against the ice, and it doesn't hurt it, it will do really well. If that lettuce is wet, and it sits up against the ice, it freezes and then when it defrost it turns to mush. That's what bulbs do. So all you have to do with them, if they're pretty hearty bulb, just to be extra safe. Throw them against the eaves of your house and put plastic over the top of them. 'And then they'll dry, be dry over the winter, and they'll make it to next year. If it's a really tender bulb, like for me, certain types of Agapanthus in a pot, I might not be able to win her over. So I throw it in the garage, I just leave it bone dry in the garage. And then throw it outside in April every year. So that's a easy way to do it, and that way you can have bulbs from year to year, and you can save them for dozens of years. Even people in colder climates, like Alaska do it. And they have great success, so there's no reason that you can't garden where you live. Even if you don't have a garden all you need is a container. In the next segment, we'll talk about how to divide our bulbs. We've had them in our containers, they've grown, and now they're just really crowded. So what do I do?