We use the term “indoor forcing” a lot. It is a common phrase in the bulb world, but lately I realized- mayne this is not a common phrase for everyone.

Forcing is such a strong phrase- normally not a requested action. No one likes to be forced. So, is forcing a bulb as harsh as it sounds…?

what we should call it is Tricking… a little less harsh- right?

In the act of forcing bulbs to grow indoors we are acting as Mother Nature herself- and tricking the bulb into thinking that it is time to bloom.

Bulbs have an internal clock- they have a certain lifespan that they work with- here is how we are tricking these flowers to arrive early. Not all bulbs timelines are the same and not all bulbs are created equal.

For this description we will use Hyacinths as our example:

  • Hyacinth bulbs require a cooling period (for me… this is the worst part- because it takes the longest!)
  • Hyacinths need about 12-14 weeks of cooling at about 48 degrees or less. (most retail bulbs , including ours, are pre-cooled- so this step is taken care of for you)
  • They then require 4 weeks to establish a root system. This can happen if planted in soil or in a water vase. Still maintaining a cooler temparature
  • Once the root system has established- you can now move the bulb into a warm indoor location- 62 degrees or warmer.
  • Keep the roots moist.

Similar requirements are needed for Tulips, Amaryllis and Paperwhites. We take care of the long term cooling for you, but in some cases product ordered do require a longer wait time.

So, indoor forcing is essentially just telling the bulb to speed up its time span… I mean… who doesn’t want Spring to come faster!?

 

 

Many people ask about the height of their Amaryllis blooms. “What if they are too tall”- “what if they are blooming, but too short”?

These are valid questions with a simple solution (sort of)

  • For a taller stalk- take away some light
  • For a shorter stalk- give it more light

 

The natural instict of an Amaryllis is to grow towards the light. If you take away the light it will stretch to find it. Leading to longer and often too tall stems.

How do you get your amaryllis to bloom “just right”? Provide an even amount of sunlight and temperatures close to 65 degrees. Rotate the bulb every few days to maintain a stright stem. This doesn’t promise perfection, but will help to the best result you can get.

 

Now is the time to plant your Fall bulbs.

 

What if a few minutes of work could provide you with weeks of pleasure? Fall bulb planting time starts now and it won’t take long! With planning you can have your Spring garden planted in minutes.

Time to Plant

From late September to early December fall bulbs can be planted. It is best to get the bulbs in the ground before the first frost arrives. Flower bulbs need a cooling period in order to produce blooms in the Spring.

Guide to Planting

The concept is simple- dig, drop and you are done. However, there are a few things to consider. The bigger the bulb the deeper to plant it. To avoid squirrels and critters from digging them up- go 6 inches down.

flower timeline

 

Now you wait. The Winter months will come and you will probably forget about the work. Spring arrives and your hard work pays off with beautiful flowers!

 

 

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!

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