After the flowers have died, allow the foliage to yellow and die back. The leaves will continue to gather sunlight and store energy for next year’s blooms.
Once the foliage has yellowed and dried, the foliage may be removed by gently pulling it out. If the leaves do not easily pull away from the bulb, they are not ready to be removed. Your bulbs are now dormant and ready to “rest” until next season!
Choose containers that have good drainage holes, easy to move around and will not be sensitive to freezing temperatures.
Fill containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Just as when planted in the ground make sure the bulbs do not sit wet. Adequate drainage holes are a must!
Place containers in a location where they will receive partial to full sun.
Space the bulbs close together, just as long as they are not touching each other or the sides of the container.
Plant the bulbs approximately 2-3” deep. With the flattest side down. If you cannot determine which side is the flattest, the bulb will naturally turn itself around towards the light.
Thoroughly soak the container with water once all the bulbs have been planted. Water as needed while the plant is growing and blooming.
The bulbs need a “cool period”. But take care, they will not survive if frozen. Therefore, if you live in an area where winters are severe and the ground freezes, the container needs to be moved into a cool place that does not receive frost, such as a garage or cool basement. If the container is too large or heavy to move inside, bubble wrap or burlap can be used to protect the pot from freezing.
As the weather begins to warm up, monitor the pot for signs of sprouts. Once the sprouts start showing, gradually expose the pot to a sunny patio or lawn area. If you left the container outdoors and wrapped it for protection, remove this protection now.