Q.Can Any Bulb That You Would Plant In The Ground In The Fall For Spring Bloom Be Planted In A Pot In The Fall To Overwinter Until T
he spring? I have a number of bulbs – tall Iris, daffodils, anemones – that I won’t be able to get in the ground this year. Can I put them in pots – to the depth they need to be – to overwinter so that they’ll bloom in the spring, then at some point put them in the ground next year? If so, when would I put them in the ground – after they bloom in the spring? In the fall? Any time from spring to fall? Thank you for an answer. I’d like to get them in pots as soon as I can before the snow flies.
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Yes, but I suggest putting your pots in the garage for the winter. In the colder zones, bulbs tend to rot in a container, especially if the soil isn't extremely well draining. This article is about tulips, but it will work for your daffodils too.
Wait till the foliage dies back after flowering to move them inground.
The irises can be planted in a shallow container. Waterlogged soil will rot the rhizomes. About 8 weeks after they bloom, plant them in the ground.
You can plant your anemones with the daffodils if you have room, and follow the instructions for tulips in pots.