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Can I leave spring bulbs outside in containers over winter??


 
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Sunflower
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:22 am    Post subject: Can I leave spring bulbs outside in containers over winter?? Reply with quote

Hello all,

I'm already thinking about colour next spring! I was wondering what the thoughts on bulbs in containers outside over winter was. I know in an ideal world that if they were planted in containers they would be stored in a garage or shed, but I'm afraid I dont have that much space.
Would it be ok to plant up some containers for the borders and just leave them to the elements for the winter or should I wait until Jan/Feb and buy container bulbs coming into flower?? I love spring containers, but I dont want to pot them up now if they'll freeeze outside. I have quite a few daffodils and bluebells in the borders but would like more variety.

Any help appreciated

Sunflower Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never put bulbs in pots away in sheds or a garage.....just go ahead and plant your bulbs either directly into the ground or in pots, they'll be fine. I would imagine buying them in containers in the spring would be many, many times the expense....much cheaper to buy now, plant them and forget about them until that magic moment when you see the little green shoots pushing through the earth !
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive, thats settled so - into containers they go! i love the choice of spring bulbs at this time of year in the shops - i planted alliums last year, and will def be adding to those this year. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: bulbs in pots Reply with quote

hi,agree with the above,bulbs are better off outside,cooler weather will help them develope good root systems before christmas.some earlier posts this year about bulbs in pots etc,worth looking at too.good luck!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your still worried about the little Blighters in the depths of Winter try covering the Pots with Straw or Aeroboard,
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they're done and out, covered with a top layer of chipped bark. thanks all Very Happy

Just have to wait for spring now!!
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