In Pots?
Yes! My bulbs grow very well in pots or tubs, using ordinary potting soil, and a standard watering and fertilizing program as with other plants grown this way. It is best to leave the pots dry during the summer, perhaps moved to partial shade or even full shade while they are not making leaves, as pots can get so very hot on all sides during the summer. Hence it is best not to put the bulbs actually against the side, especially not if one is using plastic pots, as bulbs can be cooked on hot days. Large, deep tubs are ideal for bulbs as there is then plenty of root run as well as the option of planting annuals after the bulbs' leaves have dried up.

Then it is good to make sure all the bulbs are down the standard 5 to 6 inches deep so they will not be in the way of planting annuals at the surface. The watering these will need during the summer should still be tolerable to the bulbs, if varieties are chosen that are more adaptable to wet summer conditions (ask).

Bulbs like to root deeply, so a pot should be at the very least 10 to 12 inches deep and for a minimal half dozen bulbs, a 6 to 8 inch diameter at least. Room to grow is especially important when the bulbs are to stay in place for several years. As they become crowded they can be taken up in the summer and planted out in the yard, or the smaller ones discarded or planted into additional pots.

Golden Dawn is particularly reccommended for pots as it makes small bulbs so more can be fit into the same sized pot than with other varieties--perhaps up to twice as many. Further, it is a very heavy bloomer and will flower even from very small bulbs so they will continue to flower even if they get smaller from too long confinement in the pot over the years. Also, their scent is very different from other narcissus and more to the liking of those who find some of the other varieties to be too strong. Pots can be brought indoors while in flower, but should remain outside otherwise.

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