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You arent' exactly promoting low-maintenance gardening !

Nor eco. Nor cheap.

I prefer pots so fabulous they can remain empty.

Planted only upon a whim if desired.

All my clients request a garden low-maintenance, not expensive & organic.

What is the eco impact of bulb production? Farm equipment, electricity, trucks, planes, watering, insecticides & fungicides, packaging, potting soil, employees, & etc....

A fabulous empty pot has none of that. A centuries old idea.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Tara- leaving the good loking pots empty - what a wonderful idea! No matter what I plant my pots look like drek by mid summer. I am going to give it a try. You have made my planting easier and cheaper!

A quick question, How often do you water during winter storage in garage? Living near Ann Arbor, Michigan do you think this would be possible in our area? THANK YOU for such a GREAT garden blog !!!!

@Tara there is a difference between liking plants and liking the idea of plants. Your clients are obviously the latter sort of people.

I am a new gardener just starting out and I would like to invite you to follow my blog:

Gerry, I water them when I plant them in September and once again in March. Not even sure they need that. Once I take then out, I water them more frequently but, again, I wonder if I am watering more than they need. 1st time bulbs are so self-sufficient.

Tara, I do not pretend to be low-maintenance or cheap. (well, not cheap in terms of gardening.) As for "eco," the bulbs can be composted after, just like anything else.

Don't most of those "fabulous to look at" pots come from Italy or Viet Nam? Can't be too economical to get them here which must explain the exhorbitant prices.

I had wonderful success this year planting all my bulbs in pots as it was deep winter before I had time to pot.
Then I decided to keep the tulip pots in a sunny enclosed-porch where they have remained blooming for almost a month and are pristine. Watering regularly is all I've done. I understand the bulbs can be lifted at end of bloom, left out to dry, then replanted as usual.
This is a great solution when wanting tulips with deer right outside the door!
When I find out how to enclose a photo I'll send it in.
Thanks for your timely post.

Chris the bulbs can be lifted after the foliage dies back naturally, or you can pop the plants in a sunny spot in your garden after they bloom, but the bulb needs to be nourished by the leaves. A little bulb fertiliser wouldn't hurt either. There are very good online tutorials about how to care for bulbs. This unattractive phase is why many gardeners shy away from using bulbs. I like to tuck them inbetween and under things that leaf out later. That way the yellowing foliage is hidden.

All this Eco talk is sucking the joy out of most things. Stop already. Didn't you have a mother or grandmother who used common sense? Moderation works too. As for watering pots, I tried adding succulents to pots so that later in the season when my watering energies have been taxed, the succulents continue.
My garden brings such enjoyment and good exercise as well as admiration from my neighbors. I try to encourage anyone who shows interest to plant and enjoy the outdoors. Nancy

I have planted tulips in pots many times. I plant fall pansies on top. In spring, the pansies come back to fill out the pot, the tulips come thru and everything is beautiful until its time to put annuals in the pots in May. As for cost, go for the bargain bags of bulbs because you still need lots to make a show.
Baltimore is in full tulip bloom right now. I have a few pictures on my blog.

Madeline, as soon as I saw your family name, I knew why you had to name your website the way you did!

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