bulbs in pots

nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

All my bulbs are in pots to be planted in a suitable place when i get round to it.


There's a little iris that would look really unimpressive in the garden but is great in a pot. Would it be better to leave it in the pot for next year (I can give it some food) or when it dies back take it out of the pot and store it in the shed til planting time comes round?


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Hi nut, I have a lovely little single Iris in a pot that has been coming up for years with complete neglect. Mine probably could do with a bit of feeding and maybe some new soil, but it keeps coming back.

  • I was lucky today i bought a packet of 2 aqualegias for £1.75 mckana hybrid  also a pk of double hollyhocks rosea 3 begonia cascade sunray as i had vouchers to get rid of 

    joyce m

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Thanks hollie. I'll leave it as it is.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,062
    Sounds good Joyce, I love aquilegia s. My daughter gave me some seeds from her bluey purple and and they all came up.

    I can't grow holly hock s here, they get blown about so much but I do love them.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    Hi nutcutlet, I had some irises in pots last year and they looked brilliant, much better than the ones I had in the borders. Because of that I have planted many more bulbs in pots and will slot them in to fill gaps or keep them on the patio for impact, either way I win, even if they need lifting at the end of the year, they are in a pot so just bring them indoors.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Hi Dave. 

    I think really small bulbs look better in pots and I shall grow them like that in the future. Might get less eaten like thatas well

  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    Hi Nut, even some big bulb plants like gladioli can look stunning in a group in the right pot. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Never grown glads, perhaps it's time to try some. 

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