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Old 09-27-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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Just wondering: Have you ever planted any fall bulbs in containers, and if you did, what was your experience? I would like to plant alliums and frittilarias in containers, mulch them, place on top of the ground with some sort of cover until the spring, when I would place them on the ground. All the bulbs are fine for my area. Do you think they will come back in the spring with this method? What do you think, and thank you,
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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It depends on the size of the pot. Using an 18" terra cotta, I've planted stargazers and daffodils that did fine. What zone are you in? I'm in 7b.

If you're worried, put them in the fridge until March. Then plant them.
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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..last year, i experimented with 'Hill star' and 'Thalia' daffodils; as well as some
species tulips in containers...all came up well with absolutely no chilling and just a bit of bone meal when they were planted..


..both were set in the same soil mixture: 1/4th peat, 1/4th potting mix,and 1/2 course
sand.. i used this mix because in previous trials,..the bulbs ended up rotting because of the rain and general cold/damp winter conditions California is all too famous for..


..another thing i did this time was to place each container in different exposures;..one went into full sun,and the other went into a partial shade exposure..

..in August when i lifted the bulbs to check development progress,..i noticed that
many of the bulbs in the container which recieved a full days sun..were soft and
showing signs of rot.. none of them recieved any water all summer...


..when i checked the other container..most of the bulbs were firm and
ready to begin growth...they too did not recieve water over the summer..

...from this experiment, id gather that if you plan on placing bulbs in containers,
make sure that the pot is placed in a spot which won't recieve all day sun...
of course there may be other factors which may have lead to my results
but i think general exposure had alot to do with it..

...if you decide to plunge the container in the ground,..a good layer of
mulch should protect them over the winter in your area..and they should
be able to push up through it come spring.. just make sure that the
soil in the container drains well..

...my only dissipointment was loosing some of the daffodils...both varities are nice..
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:37 PM
 
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It depends on the size of the pot. Using an 18" terra cotta, I've planted stargazers and daffodils that did fine. What zone are you in? I'm in 7b.

If you're worried, put them in the fridge until March. Then plant them.
I am in zone 7, but if I put them in the refrigerator, will they freeze? thank you,
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