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I'm new to gardening so sorry if this seems a stupid question, but can I dig up the spring bulbs I have in containers? I need the pots to plant out some summer plants and wonder if I dig up the bulbs how do I store them ready for planting later in the year? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Have you got a corner of the garden where you can plant them to let them die down slowly, then the energy from the leaves will go to replenish the bulbs.
I have some space near the conifer hedge, would that be OK?
I know I should feed blubs after flowering with a liquid feed - but does it matter what sort of liquid feed? Would tomato feed do the job?
Yes it will and you can feed them once they start flowering and until the foliage starts to turn brown.
Not really, you want a feed which encourages the roots and leaves after flowering, use Maxicrop or such like, rather than a high Potash one which encourages flowering.
But don't you want to build up a decent flower bud too?
I fed my bulbs in containers thus this spring, plus pelleted chicken manure for all round goodies, and they're now in the ground for a permanent display - the ones, that is, that didn't freeze to a mush spending winter in pots.