care of crocosmia planted in pots
I live in the Tidewater area of Virginia, zone 7. On April 12, I dug up out of my garden numerous Emily McKenzie crocosmias and then planted them in 3 pots on our deck. Significant green shoots came up and turned brown, but no flowers. I fed the pots with Miracle Grow, kept them sufficiently watered, and one time added vinegar to the water for acidity. I am an experienced gardener and baffled. Should I toss them or is there hope they may bloom next year? Thank you for any suggestions or thoughts.
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The plants could have been suffering from transplant shock, a common problem. They will probably come back next year after they recover. Since they are not actively growing now, don't fertilize any more, and water only once they dry out.