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guttiesgutties Posts: 224
I want to plant up a few containers for summer bulbs.  I have lilies, galdioli and dahlia.
Can I plant any of these in the same pot, or are their flowering times so different that it wouldn't work?

I have quite a few galadioli so I intend planting some now and then more again in a couple of weeks.

I guess I'm just not really sure when to plant summer bulbs.


  • For gladioli you could plant some deeper and they will flower later. Lillies and Dahlias are probably better planted alone as they are thirsty and will probably hinder each other's development...of course if you have a really huge container it may work. Maybe worth showing us a photo of the container for more educated reaponses. 
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  • guttiesgutties Posts: 224
    Thanks for that.  The containers aren't huge.  So perhaps better all planted separately.
  • Hi I have some bluebells and tulips and few other bulbs that have started to sprout should I plant them now? What do you do ? Leave the green bit above soil? Please help I’m so new to this 🌷🌺🌸🌞
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,143
    Tulips should really have been planted last autumn/winter, but they won't survive if you just leave them anyway, so it's better to get them planted. Plant at the correct depth - ie, two to three times the height of the bulb. Best to put them in pots for now, and you can then take care of them more easily. Label them too  ;)
    That goes for the others too, although it won't matter about being too accurate for now. It's more important to get them in some soil.

    The tulips may not flower, but you can feed them for next year, andleave them to die back naturally, and then position them in their final places later this year.  Most tulips diminish a bit year on year though. Good drainage for them.

    Bluebells would be fine planted in the ground where you want them, or in pots for now.
    What other bulbs do you have?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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