TOW N.H.Do in Mar.- pots

Diane Whitehead
Tue, 02 Mar 2004 19:17:10 PST
In general, but also for Pacific Northwest North America and Western Europe -

Some of the information given for bulbs in the garden is also 
relevant for plants in pots - actually even more important regarding 
fertilizer, as bulbs in pots have a limited quantity of soil from 
which to draw nutrients.  Corms are totally replaced every year, so 
plants like crocus need food.

Pollinate any rare bulbs.  Many clones are self-sterile, so use 
pollen from a different plant - this is a good time to take your pots 
to a Show and Pollinate at a garden club or this Friday at 4 in 
Eugene, Oregon, at the Western Winter Study Weekend where some of us 
are meeting.

Pleiones should be given new compost now, as they will be starting 
into growth soon.

DAHLIA cuttings - Not exactly pot plants, but these need to be 
started in warmth if you are going to take cuttings.  This is an 
economical way to get lots of plants from one tuber.

PLANT OUT FORCED BULBS  I know the books say to toss them, but why 
not give them a chance at a future life?  There is a garden here with 
a long border planted each year with tazettas that had bloomed 
inside.  They flower later in the garden, but they are lovely, and 
would have been wasted otherwise.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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