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Eileen107Eileen107 Posts: 80
Can someone advise me on whether I should leave the bulbs of my daffodils & tulips in the ground & pots for next year please.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,862
    Do nothing until they die down. Dead head daffodils and tulips when the flower has finished, to stop it setting seed. Give it a sprinkling of a general fertiliser and keep watering until the leaves go brown.
    Depending on how old they are determines what to do next. I leave bulbs in pots for two seasons, then tip out, and replant in the garden in the Autumn. The ones in the garden get fed and left.  I use the old bulbs from the pots to fill in gaps between perennials. The growth from perennials in late May and June hides the bulbs dying down.
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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,351
    Thank you for that Fidgetbones! I planted my daffs in Oct,the ones in the ground have flowered and are now over,but the same type in pots have buds,but not sure now if they will flower. Will it be best just to leave them in the pots,and hope they flower next year? They were planted very late as we were moving house,and I just wanted to see green shoots after Christmas!
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,243
    Just leave the ones in pots Cagzo - they'll do their thing, although you may not get many flowers, and should be fine for next year. As fidget says - a bit of liquid food as they die down is beneficial, and in autumn  you can remove the the top layer of compost and pop some fresh stuff in. That freshens them up for appearing in spring. If you don't manage that, you can do it in late winter.  :)
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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,351
    Thank you for that advice Fairygirl,I'm pleased to hear that,as I didn't look forward to tipping them all out! I will remember the feed and top up.I'll just hide them away somewhere for the summer!
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  • Eileen107Eileen107 Posts: 80
    Thank you all that’s so helpful. Mine are all new this year & have been beautiful so definately didn’t want to lose any by doing the wrong thing.
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