I want to grow flowers early in the year to cut for vases indoors. However I don’t have room for a cutting patch. What to do? Well last autumn I crammed spring bulbs into 6 big plastic pots. I’m pleased to say they are coming up and I can cut a few every few days for the house.
I can’t bring myself to cut blooms from the borders as then I’d be left with nothing to look at and I know others feels the same. I had the idea to grow daffodils and tulips for cutting crammed in 6 big plastic pots. Because I wanted to have flowers early in the year I chose early scented daffodils and the more unusual and exotic tulips.
two pots of daffs and two of tulips
Just three stems in a vase are enough to have on the table and these pots will provide that for several months.
Narcissi cut when just in bud so they open in the warmth of the house
Three stems of multi-headed narcissi are enough for a small vase
What will I do when they’re over? Well one thing I can do is to leave the bulbs in for next year. .By early July I can then pull away the yellow foliage and put some colourful summer bedding in the pots on top of the bulbs. That way I will have interest till about November.
I could alternatively let the foliage die down and then lift and store the bulbs in the shed to replant them in the borders in October. I would then buy fresh ones for the pots for flowers next spring. Luckily bulbs are relatively cheap to buy in bulk from wholesale companies and they can be planted as late as December.
I’ve written more here about spring bulbs for show. I think tulips look so wonderful in a pot the last thing I would want to do is cut even one of them. You could think about having a cheap pot full of one type of bulb for bringing indoors next February when we all need all the colour a scent we can find.
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