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using bulbs as annuals in shade

can you use bulbs as annuals in a shade boarder as bulbs that need full sun wont put there energy back into the bulb in shade but should have enough energy in the bulb to flower this year is this right?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    The embryo flower is in the bulb-so yes you are right-they will flower this year but do not give up on them for future years-there is a difference between shade and total darkness-so they may still get enough light for photosynthesis to flower again in following years-a lot of gardens are shaded in early part of the year -yet the spring flowering bulbs reappear annually-well they do here anywayimage

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,679

    Yes, if you like, but snowdrops and anemone blanda grow in shade. Daffodils prefer sun, but I know of a deciduous wood in northern France which is full of daffodils, followed by bluebells - so, perhaps there isn't too much shade before the leaves grow. Bluebells should be OK in shade because the leaves are starting to grow as they come out. Crocus need the sun to open out properly. Is the shade border because of trees or walls or?? Conifers are difficult to grow things under because they really dry out the soil with their fine surface roots.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,154

    Spring bulbs get all the work done (flower/ seed) before they're shaded out. Summer bulbs can't do that. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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