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Allium bulbs in pots all the time?

GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 286
Can I leave alliums in pots until next year or should they be taken out, stored and replanted in October?  I left some acidanthera bulbs in over winter but they have gone mushy. I don't want to lose the alliums as well. Thanks.

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  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 286
    Anybody?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,604
    I've some in pots for a couple of years before planting and they were fine. Keep them on the dry side over the winter months ,even bone dry

    Devon.
  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 286
    Thanks Hosta - just the thing! Use the pots as a base for a plank of wood to put more pots on....
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,604
    mine just stood on the ground behind the polytunnel, and were fine
    Devon.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,585
    Acidanthera don't like being frozen and that happens easily in pots.  No bulb does so make sure your pots are protected.   Even here I take all my pots -except a few hostas - into the polytunnel for winter.  I check for weeds and give them a light watering and then leave them be till spring.  I only water pots which have life above soil level  - fuchsias, citrus, frost tender shrubs.     
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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