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I have two plastic pots each with 3 hyacinth bulbs sitting partly above the compost. I got them from a GC when they were in bud and they filled my kitchen with colour and perfume for a good two weeks, but have since gone over and I have cut off the dead flowers. I would like to put them in the garden at some stage to flower there next spring, but I'm not sure if you can do that with forced bulbs. If you can, what do I do with them next? Leave them inside and continue watering them? Or stand the pots outside till the leaves die down, dry them off and plant in the ground in autumn?
Nasturtiums, especially the cream and peach coloured ones. So versatile and easy to grow too - just poke them in the soil where you need some ground cover, or into a pot where they can trail beautifully, or use climbing varieties to cover a trellis. Job done!
Great idea obelixx!
Thank you Berghill - you've made my day!
Berghill, when I knocked the bulbs out of their pots, the roots were so intertwined that I decided to plant them into various empty plant pots. But because I did it this morning, I hadn't seen the latest posts, so I didn't bury the green shoots, and I'm not sure how well they will do. I didn't expect them to last beyond next spring.
I have been doing the SR bulb lasagne thing in a huge plastic pot where I grew my runners in the summer. I planted two layers of tulips (40 bulbs in all), and then found I still had plenty of room at the top for a 3rd layer, but no more bulbs left to plant. So off to the GC where I bought 5 very small plastic pots, each containing 3 or 4 well sprouted tete a tete daffodils, with leaves about 3" high and some buds already showing, and all the bulbs sitting well above the compost level. The roots are nearly 3" long and probably slightly interwoven. Would I kill them if I split them up before planting in the pot? I'm afraid that if I plant them in their present clumps, the tulips underneath will not have so much room to spread out evenly over the surface of the pot. What would you do?
Thanks Ginglygangly - I feel more hopeful now! As I planted them between 3 and 4 inches deep, I am worried that another layer of either mulch or strulch on top may be too much for them. They may give up growing before they reach the surface. But ....... I'm in North Yorks (Harrogate), so we might have a long winter of frozen soil and without a layer of mulch, they may not survive! Oh dear, decisions, decisions!
Thanks, Bob. so that they aren't resting on my clay soil, I have cocooned them in a mixture of mpc and grit. I shall just have to keep everything crossed. If they don't perform I shall have to try a raised bed. I wonder if anyone has tried growing them in pots? And whether that is more successful?
nutcutlet wrote (see)
I don't have much success with these. Well that's encouraging, nut I don't know what strulch is It's an organic mulch made from straw: straw + mulch = strulch It's widely advertised in garden mags, nut. You could google it to find out more about it.
I don't have much success with these.
Well that's encouraging, nut
I don't know what strulch is
It's an organic mulch made from straw: straw + mulch = strulch
It's widely advertised in garden mags, nut. You could google it to find out more about it.
I finally got the last ones in yesterday. Should I mulch them? If so, would strulch be ok?