Growing Bulbs In Buried Containers. Bulb Containers In The Open Field. Photo

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Growing Bulbs In Buried Containers. Bulb Containers In The Open Field. Photo
Growing Bulbs In Buried Containers. Bulb Containers In The Open Field. Photo

Growing bulbous plants is fraught with some difficulties. The need to dig up plants for the summer and then plant them in the fall, storage difficulties, problems with rodents, rot and shredding of modern hybrid varieties are familiar to every gardener. And if the baskets-nets for planting bulbs that protect from mice-voles and other garden pests are known to everyone, then the method of dropping bulbs in plastic containers - in baskets, pots and other containers - is still unpopular with us. Meanwhile, this approach to cultivation will not only help to preserve the bulbous from year to year, but also greatly simplify all the most common procedures, reducing them to a minimum.

Bulbous flowers in containers
Bulbous flowers in containers


  • Benefits of growing bulbs in buried containers
  • Disadvantages of dropping
  • Strategies for growing bulbs in digging containers

Benefits of growing bulbs in buried containers

Beautiful islands of ideal shape, in which the soil is not visible because of the sea of ​​your favorite bulbous flowers - this is the main effect, which is achieved by the "dropping" method. This is the cultivation of bulbs in plastic containers, which are not placed in potted gardens, but literally put into the soil like many tub stars, and when necessary, they are easily dug out of it.

Unlike the method of planting in mesh baskets, "buried" bulbs can boast not only effective protection from rodents. Thus, you get both a beautiful group of flowering bulbs, and the most mobile option for their introduction into flower beds and flower beds.

The "dropping" method has a lot of advantages:

  1. the ability to transfer bulbs from place to place at any desired time, to place accents in the garden, focusing on its decorativeness in specific seasons;
  2. islets of bulbous can be used to mask voids in flower beds and in flower beds;
  3. no need to dig up the bulbs one by one from the soil for summer storage: it is enough to dig up and take out one single container, and not dozens of plants;
  4. the ability to plant only as needed, as the soil is filled, and not annually;
  5. bulbous with this planting option are never lost;
  6. easier to control varieties;
  7. the roots of the plant are not injured even when they are carried, and the bulbous ones themselves do not suffer from digging, the problem of "searching" in the ground and burying the children disappears;
  8. simplification of preparation for the summer dormant period (there is no need to sort, dry, sort the bulbous), you just need to put the container in suitable conditions;
  9. less risk of drying out the bulbs with insufficient air humidity due to the fact that they rest in the ground;
  10. despite the fact that the bulbs are planted in plastic pots, they need exactly the same care as those planted one bulb in the soil - in favorable weather they are practically not looked after (with the exception of the obligatory dressings, which are applied as for depleted soil from the second of the year);
  11. bulbs can be dug up and moved even during flowering, since the plants themselves will continue to be in stable conditions and will not even notice a change in location;
  12. bulbs dug in the soil in plastic containers look like a compact, colorful group - a real blooming spot, under which the soil is practically invisible: compact, neat, attractive;
  13. you yourself can change the form of growing your favorite flowers - drop it into the soil or use it as potted plants.
Bulbous flowers in containers
Bulbous flowers in containers

But the most important thing is that even after digging in containers with bulbs for the winter, you do not deprive yourself of the opportunity to transfer them from place to place. You can even add the container to the potted garden at any time, and not just dig in another place in the garden at your discretion. Thanks to this method, you can forget about the time-consuming fiddling with each individual bulb and work with dozens of plants at once "in one fell swoop".

This method is especially good for tulips and, of course, for those who collect them, collecting and carefully sorting the bulbs of the latest varieties. Firstly, it allows you not to lose the small bulbs formed by the mother plant. Secondly, dropping creates a more stable environment and allows tulips to grow in a denser planting.

Tulip islet mugs look amazingly impressive and become real stars of spring bloom. But the method of digging is also promising for those bulbous plants that do not hibernate in the soil and also need to be dug up annually - from rare capricious exotics to all familiar gladioli.

Digging a container with bulbs
Digging a container with bulbs

Disadvantages of dropping

Of course, like any other growing method, dripping has its drawbacks.

The main and most serious argument against this method of growing is the need for some investment in the containers themselves. But in fact, this method rather "helps", because it allows you to continue using old unnecessary containers without requiring the purchase of new ones.

Of course, plastic practical containers, which in garden centers are called so - plastic baskets for bulbs - can be bought on purpose, but you cannot put them to other potted containers and their volume is limited to 30 cm.But other containers are also ideal for this purpose.:

  • old plastic pots in "poor" condition, even with cracks or damage, chips or other injuries that you cannot use for their intended purpose for potted gardens or decorating rooms, balconies and terraces;
  • garden plastic utensils, including half-cut buckets and bowls that "have served their purpose";
  • kitchen and building plastic buckets that can be used for plants, cut to the desired height;
  • plastic boxes lined with mesh or agrofiber;
  • any other not too deep plastic containers, utensils and dishes.

The main and only condition: in containers in which you plan to plant bulbs and add them to the soil, the water should not stagnate and the permeability of the soil should be equal to the usual cultivation in open soil. A sufficient number of holes for water drainage, if the container does not have them initially, you can always make yourself in any quantity, both at the bottom and on the walls.

Group of early spring bulbous flowers
Group of early spring bulbous flowers

But what really has to be taken into account is the difficulties of transporting around the site and taking out a heavy container filled with earth: a large bucket of bulbs will weigh a lot. True, the containers are smaller and the standard baskets are not so heavy, and transportation around the site can always be simplified using garden equipment. All the same, the effort, and even more so the time spent on digging and digging containers, will take much less than planting and summer storage of each individual bulb.

Planting plants in plastic containers that you plan to drop into the soil is best done in the fall, at the time of planting all spring bulbs. For tulips, the planting season starts in the second half of August, after which you can start planting hyacinths (gladioli and other bulbs are planted at the same time as just in the soil). Lay drainage on the bottom of the tank, check the number and size of the holes for water drain. Use good quality, loose and fertile garden soil or ready-made substrate.

Strategies for growing bulbs in digging containers

There are two strategies for growing bulbs in plastic baskets for digging in:

Wintering in soil is the main option for bulbs that need summer digging:

  • the bulbs are either first planted in containers in the fall and immediately put the containers in the soil, or first they dig in the pots, fill them with soil, and then plant the bulbs in them (thereby eliminating the need to carry heavy containers filled with earth);
  • they are left to winter, like all tulips, in the garden, in the ground, in their natural environment, and in the spring they wait for flowering at typical times
Spring bulbous
Spring bulbous

Digging for the winter is a way of digging for bulbs that do not winter and bloom in summer and autumn. Digging is carried out at the same time as for the plants planted one at a time in the ground, stored in similar conditions. It is also a rarer and less productive method for tulips and co - overwintering indoors with varying flowering times complicates both maintenance and growing. She assumes that the bulbs are planted in containers in the fall, but do not add containers to the soil until spring. They are left in the garden until the first frost, and then taken to a cold place for "dry wintering".

Thanks to storage indoors, it is possible to stimulate earlier flowering of the bulbs by raising the temperature and lighting and increasing the humidity, and therefore, decorate the garden with flowering bulbs as soon as the snow melts and the temperatures rise. But it is not at all necessary to expel the plants. You can dig in containers anywhere where spring accents are lacking. But for the first time, be sure to dig in the spring bulbs in a plastic container in the garden for the winter, from the second year you can use the forcing option.

Dropping plastic containers with bulbs has its own rules:

  • the planting hole should correspond to the size of the pot, be only slightly deeper and wider;
  • the plastic container is installed so that its edge is exactly at the level of the soil, and only then the soil is poured from the outside of the walls, without tamping it, but simply "dropping" the container.

Plant care is similar to classic planting in the ground.

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