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Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 15, 2006
3:34 AM

Post #2045746

Because of limited sunlight, and poor soil, I will be trying to grow plants from bulbs in containers.

Any ideas welcomed.



beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 16, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2047573

Are you looking for types of containers or types of bulbs? Will the containers get full sun?
Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 16, 2006
3:42 AM

Post #2047983

Bulbs. How deep must Gladioli be planted? Things like that.

Yes, they will get full sun.
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 16, 2006
4:25 AM

Post #2048023

Well, I'm assuming you'll select the shorter glads for pots. I believe the corms are planted 4 to 6" deep. If you plant the taller ones, you'll probably have to stake them just as you would in a garden. At the end of the season, the corms should be lifed just like in a garden.

I plan on doing a lot of containers with bulbs this summer. Not because of sun requirements, but because I want to try some of the more exotic plants and I plan to overwinter the containers. I have a white and purple calla lily, aztec lily, climbing gloriosa lily (also called fire lily), rain lilies, peacock orchid, some dwarf cannas, peruvian daffodil, some of the shorter glads and some dahlias. I'm also going to do some Morning Glories and Black Eyed Susan Vines in pots.

As to culture, it will depend on what your selections are. You can do simple web searches that will tell you how to plant and care for your bulbs and if you have specific questions about a bulb, you can always go to the Bulb forum and ask away.

Brent and Becky's Bulbs is a good website for finding a diverse selection of bulbs. In fact, there are a number of sites that carry bulbs suitable for containers. You could even put pixie or dwarf lilies in containers.

http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/summer/index.php
Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 16, 2006
1:21 PM

Post #2048442

This will be my second try at growing these bulbs. The next batch will be in containers, so I can move them into the sun. The first batch did not thrive. :(

I have some Granda Ott Morning Glory seeds - and those will also be planted in containers.

beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 16, 2006
9:30 PM

Post #2049457

Lee, what kind of bulbs? Some like to be dryer than others. What are you going to use for a trellis for Grandpa Ott? I saw where someone just teepeed a bunch of sticks together and that looked pretty cool. I was also thinking of using a tomoato cage seeing as I don't plan on planting any tomatoes this year.
Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 17, 2006
5:02 PM

Post #2051356

They are: Gladioli Traderhorn (red) , and Gladioli Blackjack.(burgundy)..

For the Grandpa Ott trellis, will probably use a tomato cage.
Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 17, 2006
5:18 PM

Post #2051400

*Groaning*

I've probably just killed some corms. The bulbs were planted two days ago. Should have waited until May.


beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2006
7:54 PM

Post #2051722

Why, what happened? Did you get snow and cold? They should be OK as long as the entire pot doesn't freeze.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2006
8:23 PM

Post #2051786

I've tried Elephant Ears, calla lilies, and all kinds of other lilies...no glads, though, (that were memorable enough, anyway.)

This year I'm trying dwarf lilies in my window boxes. I'm also trying to winter sow different seeds in containers with the lily bulbs.

I've tried tulips, daffs and various spring bulbs with some success, too.

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

February 18, 2006
1:25 AM

Post #2052483

When I lived in a colder zone, I planted daffodils and tulips in a large container and overplanted them with pansies. They did great.
I've grown lilies(asiatics and short oriental varieties), crinums, blood lilies(haemanthus), freesias, callalilies, elephant ears, rain lilies, amaryllis, voo-doo lilies and peacock glads in containers. This year I'm also trying dutch iris.
I put the bulbs in the center of a large pot(usually 15 gallon size) and plant annuals around the edge except with callas and blood lilies. Those I put in smaller pots all by themselves so I can move them if they aren't happy.
There are some new short glads out, those did well for me in the garden. I forget what they are called.
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2006
2:30 AM

Post #2052602

Tabasco - Lovely, lovely , lovely. I can only hope my container experiments equal yours. Unfortunately, I can't afford such beautiful pots. Can't wait to see your blooming window boxes.
Leehallfae
Seattle, WA

February 18, 2006
9:35 AM

Post #2052950

No snow yet, but the temperatures have been bone-chillingly cold. As in 18 to 27 at night, and just about 40 in the daytime.

Snow is predicted for sometime this weekend. :(

I
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2006
1:27 PM

Post #2053215

Well, I think if you just bring them in somewhere where it won't freeze, you'll be fine or just dig them up again.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2006
1:44 PM

Post #2053248

Thanks, beaker. I pick up my pots at Big Lots or the Dollar Store. Always checking the bargain bins and junque piles. I found my window boxes at Lowes for $6 each down from $50.

I am wintersowing a lot of seeds over my window box bulbs (pictured under the plastic with my round hanging basket liners filled with potting soil and morning glory seeds, etc. situated on top). Hope it works.

Good luck. t.

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beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2006
2:10 PM

Post #2053302

Won't the bulbs in the window boxes freeze?
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2006
2:52 PM

Post #2053415

Well, b., they might, but they didn't last year. It's a chance I'm willing to take this winter because it's been so fair (and I didn't pay much for the bulbs).

I have them in a sheltered place, and I have bags of leaves to give them insulation if it gets really cold.

In past years I put the bulb planted containers under my deck and/or in the garage and pulled them out to the sunshine in early spring.

We are pretty mild here, compared to MN, though.

I'll let you know how it works. Keep your fingers crossed!

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np
Warren, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2006
4:54 PM

Post #2053618

tabasco,
Just browsing here and saw your pics.. beautiful. Something cheery on a day when we're having snow flurries.

L,
I've had luck with tulips and daffs planted in large pots and left in a sheltered spot (open porch) over the winter. I buy bulbs at
Costco and pack them in (at least 25 per pot). Move them to the steps in the spring and they look lovely.
Good luck to you!
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 18, 2006
9:54 PM

Post #2054329

Well, I've had zone 5 envy for years, but it's speading now. Stargazer in a pot wintered above ground. Up here, it's iffy if planted 8" down with 2 feet of mulch!
herlurie
Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2006
9:20 PM

Post #2063925

I've tried planting callas, paperwhites, and freesias in pots, and continue to have the same problem - the stems fall over and refuse to stand up! What am I doing wrong?
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2006
12:16 AM

Post #2064334


Well, for the paperwhites and freesias, many people just use wire supports for them. Others make sure they plant the varieties with the strongest stems and the bulbs deep enough in the pot, and of course they need excellent light or they will get too tall and lanky...

For callas, I imagine much the same, although I have never had a problem with them, myself.

Good luck. t.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 23, 2006
12:39 AM

Post #2064384

I've had some nice pots with asiatic lilies, hyacinth, daffodils, crocus and smaller dahlias.
I'm in NC but the winters here are irregular, sometimes ice storms sometimes nada.
The lilies have overwintered in their very large pot for 3 years now and since they've multiplied, it is packed full. On the back patio I had some daylilies which did pretty well also. They didn't make it this year but I think it's because they needed to be divided and I didn't have the time to mess with them. Potted bulbs are great because it frees up space in the small flower bed for me to try other things but still cater to my bulb addiction.:)

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