Pots vs. In Ground Culture

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sat, 07 Oct 2006 13:03:06 PDT
I grow hundreds of species of bulbs in pots, plunged to the rim in coarse 
sand in cold frames. Some bulbs that I grow (none are the tropical 
amaryllids discussed by Jim SHields and some others) tolerate being 
crowded, but others need more room. I think the more a plant tends to 
produce big, thick perennial roots (such as those on the big amaryllids), 
the more they need big pots. I agree that regular feeding with soluble 
fertilizer is necessary (I feed once in fall and 3 times in spring). I use 
the pots primarily to keep these many species separate and identifiable, 
and also to limit access by rodents. I use either unglazed terra-cotta 
(clay) pots or plastic mesh pots.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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