Forcing Bulbs for Outdoor Containers

Leawood, KS(Zone 5b)

Here in Zone 5b, cast iron, concrete or limestone containers above ground freeze during the winter, so if you plant bulbs in them in the fall, they will be mush before spring. In order to have tulips, daffodils, narcissus and hyacinths in my containers, I start the bulbs in the ground over the winter, then put them in the container in the spring.

Someone asked me about the bulbs I select and how I force them to use in my outdoor urns and pots around the garden, so this year I took some photos as I planted the pots.

Here is my end goal - a display of tulips in an urn next spring.

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