Double Plant a Fall/Spring Flower Pot

This looks like a simple fall flower pot. But, this pansy-planted container has a deeply buried secret.

Here’s a fast and rewarding way to plant a container with cool-weather annuals that naturally make way for spring daffodils. We made these with the kids in our ornamental horticulture 4H project and I think the kids are going to be pleasantly surprised when what they planted underneath their pansies show up in the spring!

What You’ll Need:

  • Medium sized pot or container
  • Potting soil
  • Coffee filter (Optional)
  • Organic fertilizer (Optional)
  • 7 Daffodil (Narcissus) bulbs
  • 6 pack of cool-weather annuals such as pansies (Viola) or snapdragons (Antirrhinum)

Plant Your Double Planted Flower Pot

1. If you have a coffee filter, you can place it at the bottom of your flower pot. The filter isn’t a necessity by any means, but it helps keep the soil in while letting the water drain out. Now, fill the container with about 3″ of potting soil.

2. Place the bulbs into the pot, doing your best to keep the bulb sides from touching each other. It’s not a deal-breaker if they do touch but it’s better to have a little soil in-between the bulbs.

3. Now fill the rest of the container with potting soil. At this point, if you’d like to sprinkle some organic bulb fertilizer into the soil, you can do that now — but again, it isn’t a big deal if you don’t.

4. Gently plant your cool-weather annuals into the pot. When you’re making the hole into the soil with your fingers, feel for a spot that’s in-between the daffodil bulbs. Plant as many in there as you’d like (or as many as you can fit), tap down the soil & water.

Enjoy your fall flowers and as they die back or stop blooming, your daffodil leaves will be waking up for the spring. Don’t be surprised if your pansies remain alive & re-bloom again, too.