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What do you want to know Terry?
Seems a shame to keep em in a pot, get them into the ground. You got somewhere to plant them ?
They prefer moister soil, but cope well if dryer too, providing they're not in full sun.
Watch out for Lily beetle attack too, sorry. J.
I noticed mine are about ready to open today I love these pretty little flowers but as jo4eyes said keep a look out for the horrible lily beetle...unfortunately they too love them!
I planted a few in a pot this spring and they flowered, but I don't know what to do for the best with them now. There are two seed heads - the others may have been eaten I think, and the other stems have dried out and turned yellow. The bulbs seem to have migrated to the surface of the compost and split where the stem emerges. is this usual? I tried to add a photo but it wouldn't work (tech skills worse than gardening ones...)
Going back to Jo4eyes's comment, Fritillaries have no problem with full sun; the 2 million in North Meadow at Cricklade are just fine.
as I mentioned on another thread I am growing a number of wild flowers in pots/troughs. I fine it easier to match the soil needs and as mentioned elsewhere I find it easier to make sure that the soil isn't too rich.
My fritillaries have flowered for the second year in a pot. I used a pretty humus-rich compost/soil mix (added composted manure from a garden centre) but sat the bulbs on a bed of grit in case they rotted. I planted a small stipa tenuissima grass as companion planting but it's grown and I will need to replace it in case the frits struggle to get through next year.
I tried to upload a picture but can't due to some Radajax error or something, sorry!
Glad of the lily beetle warning - their larvae have to one of the most revolting garden creatures known to man.
stevew1975 ignore the error. just press return and the pic should appear.
Thanks Edd... here goes