Storing bulbs from pots
Container bulbs can be stored for deployment in borders
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