Garden Lessons: Potted Bulbs


If you got a late start or just want to enjoy your blooms indoors, simulate winter by “forcing” bulbs. Plant your bulbs in containers, then let them rest in a cool spot, such as an unheated basement, for at least three months before bringing them out to bloom. The best potting mix for forcing bulbs is one that retains moisture while promoting drainage. A mixture of potting soil, sphagnum, or peat moss, and perlite or sand is ideal.