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Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

I have been doing the SR bulb lasagne thing in a huge plastic pot where I grew my runners in the summer. I planted two layers of tulips (40 bulbs in all), and then found I still had plenty of room at the top for a 3rd layer, but no more bulbs left to plant.  So off to the GC where I bought 5 very small plastic pots, each containing 3 or 4 well sprouted tete a tete daffodils, with leaves about 3" high and some buds already showing, and all the bulbs sitting well above the compost level.  The roots are nearly 3" long and probably slightly interwoven.  Would I kill them if I split them up before planting in the pot?  I'm afraid that if I plant them in their present clumps, the tulips underneath will not have so much room to spread out evenly over the surface of the pot. What would you do?


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    It would be better if you could manage to split them without damaging any of the roots. Try one pot and rather than pulling the bulbs apart, wash the compost off and let the water separate the roots. If it works for one lot then you can do the others.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    I have bought pots of tete a tete like this before too.  If you are planting them in the garden do you still follow the "plant at depth twice the size of the bulb" rule.  Ie do you bury them green shoots and all?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249


  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Oh good - coz thats what i did.  Seemed a bit mean to be burying them aliveimage

  • Better a little too deep than too shallow chicky - the narcissus family never do well if the ground dries out.


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  • Berghill, when I knocked the bulbs out of their pots, the roots were so intertwined that I decided to plant them into various empty plant pots.  But because I did it this morning, I hadn't seen the latest posts, so I didn't bury the green shoots, and I'm not sure how well they will do.  image I didn't expect them to last beyond next spring.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    In a pot it does not matter about the deep planting and if you do not want them to last then even more so. You can replant them after flowering when you clear the container. Give them a good feed and then you will eventually get flowers on them in the garden.

  • Thank you Berghill - you've made my day!  image

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400
    My original tete a tetes still flower every year - 15 years after they were first planted in their pot - much to look forward to Happycottontail imageimage
  • my self would keep until next year then re-plant them and enjoy them as they are.image

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