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Watering spring bulbs?


so ive put a few different spring flowering bulbs into pots with the idea of plunging them into the flower beds nearer to flowering time

im keeping them in a cold frame at the moment so there not getting any rain. Should i be watering them every now n then to spot them drying out or not? I dont want to over water and rot the bulbs.

advice and tips are greatly appreciated thank you


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Leave the lid off the cold frame?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,807

    Hi nnh. I have done similar to you i.e. in planting loads of bulbs in pots before putting them into permanent positions in my garden. They are just outside my front window - exposed to the elements - so I think hogweed's suggestion is spot on! The pot containing my drumstick alliums surprised me the other day as I noticed about 6 inches of leaves showing already and I'm not sure whether this is normal or not and whether they may suffer with our forecasted cold weather arriving.

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  • My bulbs in pots stay outside in a sheltered spot near the house. I've never watered them and they've always been perfectly fine. 

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  • Thank you for your replies. I will move them out of the cold frame which is good because i could do with the extra space. Ive sown a few sweet peas which are currently in the greenhouse but i think they would be better off in the cold frame

  • All of my bulbs are planted in pots and kept in the garden. The pots are raised so that any water passes straight through. I have also planted up some hardy annual seeds on top of the pots, and they are already sprouting young growth.

    As the weather is changing now, I have place fleece over the pots to protect them. Also the rain lands on the fleece and only slightly filters through to the pots, so that they do not get waterlogged.

    And I can honestly say, that come the spring time, I have a wonderful display of spring flowers.

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