Containers forum: Planting spring bulbs in containers

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Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
BrianNoel
Oct 1, 2015 6:13 AM CST
I have never planted bulbs in a container to overwinter.
Can I just leave the container with planted bulbs outside or do I have to protect them somehow?
Or could I leave them in a unheated garage?
I was thinking of planting some daffodils for the front steps next spring.


Regards Brian
BN
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Oct 1, 2015 7:15 AM CST
They should not freeze.
I would bury the containers.
And mulch them over.
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Cinta
Oct 1, 2015 3:27 PM CST
I plant them and put 2" of mulch on top of the soil and they are on the patio. I plant Spring Bulbs, Asiatic lilies and , Oriental Lilies in the pots too.

I do have very large pots though, I do not know how big your pots are which might make a difference. My pots are 4' tall and 4-5' wide.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 1, 2015 4:29 PM CST

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I would think that you could do it Brian, if you do as Cinta does. Maybe you could wrap some insulation around the container, with lots of mulch on top?
Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
BrianNoel
Oct 2, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Thank You!
BN
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 2, 2015 7:15 PM CST

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Let us know how they do for you come next year. Thumbs up
Name: Brian Noel
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia,C (Zone 5b)
BrianNoel
Oct 3, 2015 6:15 AM CST
Thank You!
BN
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Oct 4, 2015 7:57 PM CST
@BrianNoel

In Zone 5 B unless you have HUGE containers as pointed out above heavily mulched, simply outdoors they will likely rot. Particularly if placed on a deck or patio. Freeze - thaw - moisture - freeze - thaw repeat. Been there - done that in smaller containers and regular Deck Planters that go over rails. ROT

If you plant and then leave in garage you might be ok. Or if you sink a pot and mulch in a shaded area, you may be okay.

You might experiment a bit. Smiling
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