Someone bought me a small container of daffodils. Now that they are almost done flowering, what do I need to do to ensure that they survive to bloom again next year?
is a picture of the tiny pot they came in. There are four bulbs crowded in there, with roots coming out the top and bottom of the container. The internet agrees that I should deadhead the flowers and let the leaves continue to make food for the plant until they die back (in the fall?). The internet does NOT agree, however, on whether they should be repotted, when, if I should fertilize them, stick them in the fridge, etc.
- I do NOT have access to a garden, yard, or any type of open ground to transplant them to. They'll have to be potted forever, but I can get a pretty big pot if that's what they need.
- I live in Southern Europe, zone 9
, with very hot, dry summers and mild winters with a month or so of hard freezes.
- My windows/balconies all face due west, and get direct sun from 2pm - 9 pm.
- My thumb is pretty green.
Gardeners of metafilters, how do I keep my daffodils happy so they will bloom again next year?