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Can Daffodils be planted in pots? Annuals planted over daffodils?

Posted by HighlanderNorth Mid Atlantic US (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 18, 11 at 14:34

I just planted 7 Delnashaugh daffodils into a pot yesterday, and I want to plant more in pots, but I'm wondering whether the cold winter air surrounding the pot will kill the daffodils? I planted them 6" deep, and covered with 3" of leaves. The winter temps around here dont usually get below 8-1 degrees F on the coldest nights.

Also, I will be planting some in the ground too, but one thing that has always annoyed me is that after the daffodils bloom,their foliage lasts another 6 weeks or so before dying back and being cut, then you must remember that there are daffodils there, so you dont accidentally plant something else in that spot. So the spot is wasted for the next 5 months of the season, and must stay unused and open.

So, I thought maybe since daffodils are done and gone by early to mid June or so, and since they are planted 6" deep, maybe you can plant annuals over top of them in June or so, after they've been cut back. Then, the annuals die later in the year, you pull them up, then the daffodils can grow again in early spring! Is there a reason why I shouldn't do that?

So there's that question and the earlier question about whether it's ok to plant daffodils in pots and whether they will survive winter?


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RE: Can Daffodils be planted in pots? Annuals planted over daffod

Preamble: My gardening style could be politely termed 'semi-organised chaos'. (The neighbour warns his kids about lofting their tennis balls over the fence - 'it's a jungle in there!' Ha!)

So the daffodils hang out with a sequence of perennials, mostly: Hosta, Astrantia, Saxifrage, Libertia, Clematis integrifolia, polite Tradescantia, Origanum, Athyrium, Thalictrum, and bulbs that flower later such as Tritonia, Freesia, Ixia, Albuca, and the occasional calla.

The 'worst' leaf problem comes, for me, from the very earliest - such as 'Erlicheer' - whose leaves linger until nearly Christmas and they're too big to disguise, so I pretend they're not there and let the Aquilegias, miniature roses, and true Geraniums divert the eyes. (It mostly 'works'...I hope.)

If I use annuals I tend to go for plants such as petunia, verbena, and Impatiens because I am a lazy waterer for the in-ground plants.

The plus, for me, is that the perennials are well-established now and quickly cover the daffodil sites with leaves without encroaching on their actual space; so the soil stays protected and slightly damper - which suits several of the cyclamineus sorts. And they're at rest when the daffs are heading toward the sun.

The annuals usefully provide colour spots and continuity. I'd propose using both.

RE: Can Daffodils be planted in pots? Annuals planted over daffod

To answer your first question, how large of a pot are we talking about? The smaller the container, the greater the chance of the entire thing freezing in cold weather. And while daff/narcissus bulbs can tolerate freezing temps in the ground, container-grown plants tend to be a lot more vulnerable. To be on the safe side, you might want to cluster the pots of bulbs together and cover them all in straw, leaves or other type of mulch or tuck them where they will get some protection - an unheated garage or crawl space, under a deck, etc.

As to planting companions for inground bulbs, I also lean towards perennials and especially more drought tolerant selections. When dormant, spring flowering bulbs prefer to be kept on the dry side, so annuals that need a lot of irrigation (ditto perennials) are perhaps not the best choice.

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