Stor­ing bulbs from pots

Con­tainer bulbs can be stored for de­ploy­ment in bor­ders

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

BULBS are well suited to grow­ing in bas­kets and pots, but if you planted a se­lec­tion of springflow­er­ing ones you may now be get­ting a bit im­pa­tient and want to use the con­tainer for sum­mer bed­ding.

I, shame­fully, dis­cov­ered a for­got­ten hang­ing bas­ket by the side of the shed. Most of the spring flow­ers it con­tained were long gone, but the minia­ture ‘Tête-à-Tête’ daf­fodils were still flow­er­ing bravely among clumps of grass. Once their fo­liage died back I lifted them (see be­low) and will re­plant them in the rock­ery in au­tumn.

If your bulbs have been in the same con­tainer for sev­eral years they will have grown and mul­ti­plied, pro­duced bul­blets and be­come over­crowded, so will need lift­ing. Scrape away the top layer of com­post to check if this is the case.

Re­move them from the pot and sep­a­rate any good-sized bul­blets from their par­ents. If they are small, leave them at­tached.

If the fo­liage hasn’t com­pletely died back and you need to use the pot im­me­di­ately, re­move the bulbs and plant them in the gar­den. Feed with liq­uid tomato fer­tiliser and lift and store once the fo­liage has com­pletely wilted away.

I will re-use this hang­ing bas­ket this sum­mer now the dwarf spring bulbs have been lifted

The daffs in this bas­ket will be re­planted else­where

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