bulbed flowers

Asked May 4, 2018, 12:55 PM EDT

I have a question for you and hoping that it isnt a stupid question. I have tulips and daffodils that I keep in pots to help me when I move them. Was wondering if it would be a good idea when they have bloomed and I am replacing them. Should I take them out of the pot for the year and then next year repot them?

Jackson County Oregon bulbs

2 Responses

You do not have to repot your bulbs every year according to this website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/spring-blooming-bulbs-grow-well-pots. Below are the instruction from the OSU extension.

"After the flowers have bloomed, leave the foliage to die back on its own. Then remove the bulbs and plant them in the garden in the fall, or simply leave them in the pot for the next year. The bulbs will remain dormant and need water only when the autumn cycle begins anew."

That has been my experience growing tulips in pots. Mine have bloomed in the pot for 3 years now. I do not water over the summer. If you wish to remove the bulbs, let them dry, then keep in a cool, dry place such as the refrigerator. Then plant again in the fall.

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You do not have to repot your bulbs every year according to this website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/spring-blooming-bulbs-grow-well-pots. Below are the instructions from the OSU extension.

"After the flowers have bloomed, leave the foliage to die back on its own. Then remove the bulbs and plant them in the garden in the fall, or simply leave them in the pot for the next year. The bulbs will remain dormant and need water only when the autumn cycle begins anew."

That has been my experience growing tulips in pots. Mine have bloomed in the pot for 3 years now. I do not water over the summer. If you wish to remove the bulbs, let them dry, then keep in a cool, dry place such as the refrigerator. Then plant again in the fall.

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