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can most bulbs survive year on year without having to remove them?  Can anybody help.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,262
    Yes. As long as they are fed.
    Tulips tend to naturally decline in numbers over time.
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  • batwood14batwood14 Posts: 193
    Daffodils can to some extent but on the whole, most bulbs won't. There are several reasons. One they rot off, two, they will exhaust the nutrients in the soil and give a poor show, and three could suffer build up of pests and diseases. If it say's lift and store them, then you need to do it.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,262
    I don't want to argue, but that is just not true.
    I have kept lillies, irises, crocuses etc. in pots for years, keeping them well fed and they do just fine.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    I give them a liquid feed before the leaves die back  and get a good show of flowers the following year from daffs and crocus.
    SW Scotland
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,985
    edited April 2018
    I have lots of pots of bulbs, I keep them down behind the greenhouse in the summer feed them till the leaves die down. In spring I bring them up to the patio in succession as the flowers come out. Yes they do decline over the years but most will even naturalised ones in the ground I renew some every 2-3 years. Plant in good loam based compost.
    AB Still learning

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,590
    Like Joyce l give mine a feed and then store them behind the geenhouse & bring them out the following Spring. The only ones l don't bother with are tulips, they never come back so well and just fizzle out.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    Surely taking bulbs out of pots is the easiest of garden tasks?
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    Lots of pots and somewhere to move them to according to the season.  Easier to shuffle pots around than to empty, dry and store bulbs, then replant them.
    SW Scotland
  • longlivingroyallonglivingroyal San FranciscoPosts: 1
    Hi! I would like to know how much is too much water to give to my Asiatic forever susan lily bulbs that have not sprouted. I have also used cactus mix on the lily bulbs for better drainage. Should I have used my seed starter potting mix? Finally I would love to know how long it takes for susan lily to sprout from bulb! 
    *I am new to this*
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