Indoor Bulbs

Planting bulbs for indoor blooms is easier then you think. Who doesn’t want Spring color in the Winter months?! Here is how to achieve this:

 

Hyacinths (using a Hyacinth Vase)

-Fill the lower part of each jar with water- just to the base of the bulb.
-Place the bulb in the upper part of the jar.
– Place the hyacinth jars in a cool, dark location for 6-8 weeks while the roots develop.
– Optimum temperature is 45 degrees. Do not freeze. Your garage or a cool basement may work
-Check frequently to maintain water levels. Do not let them dry out.
– Once the roots have developed, place the bulb in a bright indirect light for about 10 days. Once the leaves turn green- move to a bright sunny spot.
– As the foliage and flowers grow, turn the jar daily to keep the stems from leaning towards the light.

Amaryllis:

– Place Amaryllis bulb in a pot of your choice with proper drainage.
– Water regularly until you see the green sprout emerge.
– Keep in a sunny window.
– Water as needed (when dry).
– As the foliage and flowers grow, turn the jar daily to keep the stems from leaning towards the light.

 

Paperwhites:

-Paperwhites can be planted in a bulb jar, on a bed of rocks or in low soil.
-Keep water level to the base of the bulb, just to root level.
-Check frequently to maintain water levels. Do not let them dry out.
-Best results from indirect sunlight and turn them as blooms begin to show to prevent leaning.
– Blooms will grow very tall ( over 16 inches) it may require a light string to tie them upright.

Now is the time to plan for Spring!

Fall bulb selection starts now!

Remember those bright colored blooms that popped up last Spring? Do you remember what they were called?

Everyone loves when Spring breaks ground, but once summer comes and Fall is upon us- few can remember what blooms they enjoyed the most.

Select your fall bulbs now, with care and then start a bulb journal.

The selection is going to best in September. Chose your favorite bulbs based on the following traits:

  • When they come up
  • Where you want to plant them
  • Color of preference
  • Combination planting

Use the link below to download your Spring Garden Journal. Track the bulbs you purchase and where you plant them.

Spring Garden

 

Calla Lillies are in and they are going to be gorgeous!

Who knew that one of the not so attractive bulbs could bloom to such a unique and beautiful flower. That is the Calla!

A wonderful garden item or perfect for cut flowers, these chalice shaped flowers are a perfect gift. A common place for these flowers is in weddings- often used as a beautoinare for a groom. There are so many more options for these flowers.

We are thrilled to offer the Calla for an indoor or outdoor potted option. They prefer high temperatures between 65-80 degrees- so keep in a sunny spot. It is importatant not to over water these bulbs- so while waiting for the bloom water only when soil is notably dry.

 

In just 10-12 weeks from planting these blooms will emerge and bloom for weeks to come with proper care. Our current color options are Night Life and Crystal Clear.

Night Life- a deep purple almost black

 

Crystal Clear- a pure white bloom

 

Spring flowers are here!

It should not be a secret that flowers have a way of bringing happiness to people. They can excite all five senses with their look and smell. We love them- that is no secret.

Science has proven that there is a true connection between flowers and happiness.

In a study done by Rutgers University here are five main points  from the report:

Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness.

Study participants  of all ages expressed true or excited smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.

Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.

Study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers.

Flowers make intimate connections.

The presence of flowers led to more contact with family and friends.

Flowers are a symbol for sharing.

The study explored  where people displayed flowers in their homes. Once received, arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.

People who buy more flowers are happier.

Once learning the study results, participants in all age and gift categories reported that they would be buying more flowers in the future.

 

Take note of #4 & #5- we love to share flowers with as many people as we can! Cut them from your pots or garden- order them  from us- either way- giving flowers to others (even yourself) is going to make your day feel a bit more joyful!

Learn more from the study here

Fab to Drab- what to do when your indoor flower is done blooming.

Indoor forcing has three phases- You wait… then the beautiful bloom arrives! You enjoy the bloom and then sadly- it does come to an end. No secret there.

Good news is- you could keep your bulb and watch it bloom again next year!

Here’s how:

  • remove the bulbs with roots from soil
  • find a nice spot outside in your yard
  • Dig a hole about 4 inches deep (see guide below for further depths)
  • Place bulbs- root side down
  • Cover with soil- water in and leave

This process will allow the bulbs to take natures course and they should produce a flower next Spring. There is a chance that they may only bring foliage the first year, but don’t be discouraged- they will bloom the next year.

 

If you are not able to plant in your yard, here is a tip on saving for the following year:

  • Place the bulbs in a brown paper bag in a cool dry place (a basement is great)
  • In September/October place in the fridge for 4-6 weeks to allow the cooling process to happen
  • Plant into soil and place in the sun
  • Water regularly until you see the green sprout- then water sparingly

 

flower timeline

There is more to the day then chocolates and flowers- let’s learn something!

Valentine’s Day started as a religious day- Pope Gelasius deemed February 14 St. Valentine’s Day near 498 A.D.

During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.)

Today- nearly 150 million Valentine cards are exchanged each Feb. 14.

We should all write a note to someone special to us this Valentine’s Day.

 

*Source: www.history.com

 

January 23-Happy National Pie Day!

I prefer cake over pie, but if I have to pick one it would be Lemon Meringue. There must be many pie lovers out there because January 23 is dedicated to pie!

Did you know that every day of the year has a non-government, non-religious dedication? If you ever just wanted to send someone a gift “just because” you could now attach it to a day.

February 7- National Send a card to a friend day

March 31- National Crayon Day

June 26- National Beautician’s Day  (don’t forget the hairdressers in your life)

September 12- National Day of Encouragement

December 17- National Maple Syrup Day

 

These are just some of the wacky days to remember. Everyday is a celebration- truly- these days just gives you a specific focus!

 

 

Now- off to find some Lemon Meringue- YUM!

Image result for lemon meringue pie

 

Source Pie

This is the time of year that your December blooming Amaryllis will likely start to lose blooms.  Luckily- the foliage is pretty too and makes a great house plant. Better yet, you can take action to save the bulb and bring it back to life again next year. Here are some tips for Amaryllis after care:

  • Trim off dead blooms
  • Trim off any dead or flimsy foliage
  • Keep the green. If it needs it, tie it up  for a better look. The foliage allows energy to go back into the bulb. This energy is needed to allow for growth again.

Should you choose to keep the Amaryllis for next year:

  • After the last frost of the winter season- you can place the bulb outdoors.
  • In the early fall- before the first frost (around September) bring the bulb indoors into a dark place- basements work great. The bulb needs to go back into dormancy for about 6 weeks.
  • After the 6 week dormancy, bring your pot back out- in a warm and sunny indoor location. Water the bulb sparingly.

There is a chance that the second year- the bulb will not produce another bloom and just the foliage.

 

Kids can learn to garden!

Parents of young kids  love new and simple ways to help entertain our kids. Even better when you get the kids involved on fun and they learn!

Bulbs are a simple and fun way for kids to learn- we have shared some tips before.

Here is a great customer example-

A daycare provider has 2 Amaryllis growing side by side. Each child has guessed the color that the bloom will become. Better yet- they are examining the growth of these and measuring the length. Just like that- kids are learning how to measure and journal about their plants.

Oh and even better yet- this teaches kids that good things come to those who wait. In a time when our kids are surrounded by instant gratification- gardening in all forms is a way to teach them that hard work and patience can bring on great return!

 

 

We hear this a lot- I love the bulbs, but the Amaryllis stalk grows too tall and are top heavy… they break now what?

 

This is true, Amaryllis and Paperwhites are going to get tall- they are also going to create large beautiful blooms that can cause the stalks to be top heavy. However, there are ways to prevent them from breaking!

  1. rotate your planter- allowing the sun to hit different angles of the bulb/stem- keeping the growth equal.
  2.  move the planter closer to the window. If your stem needs to strain for sunlight, this can cause it to lean and eventually break.
  3.  Tie it up! This is simple and can also look quite cute! Use ribbon, twine or whatever you have on hand. Gently tie a loose bow around the stems holding them together. If you only have one stem- you can stick in a stake to attach to.

 

With those three simple steps, you can stretch out the length of your bloom with out stretching too tall!

Click below to watch a quick tutorial on how to tie up the stem.

 

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