Ian Tyler, England

Plunge Bed

December 14, 2008
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Planting, Pots

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Dear All,
  If planning to use a plunge bed it should be remembered that it’s depth should be dictated by the weather conditions in your area!
Here in Standish UK my bed is in a frost pocket half way down my garden and in "normal years" -5C or -6C is about as bad as it gets! (But did have a -12C about 10 years ago which removed the basal plate from every pot of daffodils I had, about 100. Oooooch)
So I only need to cover my bed with 2" to 3" of peat for the pots to be protected.
I had at this point hoped to attach a picture of my plunge, but am unable to due Outlook Express playing up.
I do not use the plunge to advance my flowers, only to protect them from the frost. I would not concider this as growing pots undercover as the plunge is in the open, but can see why some may disagree.

To help Chriss with an answer to her question, if you fill in between the pots in the plunge with newspaper it save you time and money when topping it up!

Regards to all,

Ian

One response to “Plunge Bed”

  1. Roger and Terry Braithwaite says:

    

    Dear all
     
    Just to re-iterate, if the bulbs will stand the winter where you live in the ground, as long as the bulbs are pluged to the same depth you will not have any trouble. If your ground  and pluge is not well drained then expect all kind of problems. I also ask myself why you should use newpaper when the peat or soil if plunged in the ground can be used again.
     
    Roger