What is the best kind of growing medium for planting spring bulbs in pots?
(No photo needed for this question): Several weeks ago someone advised me that ordinary multipurpose compost is the best choice for doing the autumn work of potting up spring bulbs. (I can't remember whether it was Spritzhenry or Bulbaholic,- beg pardon gents). I am about to plant my first narcissi, muscari and tulips later this month. I am just wondering what people think, whether I should go for a John Innes compost instead, or even a combination of multipurpose and John Innes. In the past I have always used a combination, and indeed with good success. But if I could use multipurpose by itself only, it would be a great advantage for me. Because of my very severe disability it would be easier for me to handle and to move the pots around with, seeing as it is lighter in weight than soil based composts, and physically moving pots nearly always involves great difficulty for me. But my concern is that it might not have as much drainability as John Innes, and that the coldness and dampness of it over winter might rot the bulbs if it means they will sit in it a bit too wet. Advise, experiences and opinions much appreciated.
- 30 Aug, 2009
spring container plants