Tips & Tricks With Potted Spring Bulbs

 

These grape hyacinths were purchased almost a month ago, and still blooming outdoors.

Those divine potted flowering spring bulbs in the grocery store and garden centre! We plunk them on our dining room tables, and they look beautiful for three days  then kack out, (that’s a thing, right?) from dry indoor heat. I will still use bulbs this way, especially in January or February, but there are better alternatives now that it’s April.

1. You can plant your bulbs inground in spring, it’s almost a better time than the fall. Buy multiple pots of the same variety, dig holes in your garden, and plunk them in, while they are in full bloom. The great thing about this is you actually see how they look, unlike burying dry bulbs in the ground in the fall. You’ll enjoy the flowers for weeks. Don’t worry about the cold weather; bulbs are hardy and can take a light freeze. This works best with daffodils, crocuses and grape hyacinths, as they multiply rather than run down.

Put a hyacinth close to your chair, for the scent. I couldn't resist this unusual violet coloured variety.

2. Add potted bulbs to an outdoor planter that you can enjoy from indoors. I love seeing potted hyacinths through my kitchen patio door.  The flowers last a very long time with cool, moist outdoor air. And when the day is warm enough to take my tea and bask outdoors, the scent is delightful.

3. Keep bulbs you’ve enjoyed indoors to plant in your garden. Don’t toss those bulbs in the compost. Once the blooms fade, cut off the flower stalks of hyacinths, or daffodils, put the pots with the leaves outside, and keep watering till the foliage dies down. Store dry bulbs till fall and plant in garden. (This doesn’t work quite as well with tulips.)

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