How to Grow Pips in a Pocket
Pips in a pocket pot
You can mail-order prechilled lily-of-the-valley pips, also known as rhizomes or rootstock. Once your pips arrive, gather the following materials: potting mix, sphagnum moss, Better Than Rocks, a bucket full of warm water and a pocket pot.
Step 1: Soak pips
Soak the pips in warm water for an hour. Trim the roots, keeping them at least 4 inches long but short enough to fit in the pot.
Step 2: Add soil and plant pips
Next, cover the bottom of the pot with a 1- to 2-inch layer of sand. Add premoistened potting mix to just below the pot's lowest pockets. Plant several pips in each pocket, and cover the roots with potting mix.
Step 3: Create drainage channel
Cover the potting mix with a small handful of dampened sphagnum moss to keep the mix in place. Then use scissors to cut a 2-by-8-inch chunk of Better Than Rocks and stand it in the center of the pot. This will create a channel to facilitate watering and drainage.
Step 4: Add more soil
Once you've filled any open areas, cover the pips with potting mix. Slowly water plantings in the center pot, allowing moisture to channel into the pockets.
Step 5: Final touches
After planting, set the pot in a 60-degree area with indirect light from a north or west window. When buds develop, move the pot to a spot in the house where you can enjoy your blooms, or place it outside if weather permits.