The Q&A Archives: Bulbs in Pots

Question: I planted about 60 daffodils this fall in large pots. After they finish blooming next spring, can I leave the bulbs in the pots for rebloom the following spring? Or do I need to dig up the daffodil bulbs in the pots, allow them to dry and replant in the pots once again next fall? Please advise.

Thank you,


Answer: Forcing the bulbs in pots is very stressful on the bulbs. They need to grow as much foliage as possible to rebuild their strength. If you can, try to plant them in the garden right after they bloom so the foliage can continue to grow. If that's not possible, be sure to water and fertilize them in the containers so the foliage grows as healthy as possible. Allow the foliage to fade and dry naturally, then store to replant in the fall. Typically they will not bloom the first year after forcing, but with good care should rebuild enough to strength to bloom the year after that. One other caution, make sure the variety you planted is winter hardy -- the paperwhites for example are not. Good luck with your daffodils!

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