Bulbs in Containers - Knowledgebase Question

Northampton, MA
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Question by Thatstray
October 2, 1999
I looked through your 861 FAQs about bulbs and couldn't find the answer to this one: I want to plant daffodil and tulip bulbs now (October) in containers which I will store in an unheated garage for the winter and bring out next spring. My planters are approximately 12 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep. How many bulbs should I plant in each container?

Answer from NGA
October 2, 1999
The answer is "it depends" on how thick you want the planters to look. For a very thick look plant them very close together (almost touching or up to an inch apart), for a more airy effect set them about two inches apart. If you plant fewer than that your boxes may look too sparse depending on what you are envisioning. If you are limited in the number of bulbs you have, plant a handful clustered roughly in the center of each. Have fun with your project!

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