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Blind bulbs

Many of my bulbs in tubs did not flower (probably my fault for planting too shallow and insufficient nutrients) but produced several new bulbs below the main one which appear to be 'blind'. Recovery possible or do I start again?


  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    Was this their first year?  What bulbs are they?  If dafs and the first year, it is unlikely to be because of your poor planting.  The goodness in bulbs is stored from the previous growing season.  Maybe they weren't big enough.  I think a lot of below size bulbs are sold these days by some less good growers....just my opinion.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Thanks Redwing. They were Tulips - first year - bought on line but not cheap. Others planted in garden were OK. So I guess must have been problem planting in shallow containers. Looks like bin job & lesson learned.

  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    Redwing is spot on about the foliage.

    Personally, I wouldn't bin them yet if they cost you a fair few quid. How big are the bulbs btw?

    If you have the pot space, it may be worth replanting the bigger bulbs 3 times deeper than the height of the bulbs, with added compost or a mulch on the soil in Autumn. Spring bulbs seem to prefer soil rather than pure compost as it dries out very easily.

    It's possible they won't flower next year either but leave the foliage to die down/ yellow off before cutting it down or digging up the bulbs. The following Sping they should flower if kept sufficiently watered.

  • Thanks Dave. Worth a try.

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