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Enjoy Spring Flowers In Winter With Blooming Bulbs!

Updated on February 18, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Banish Winter Gloom With Blooming Spring Bulbs Indoors!

This Winter in Omaha dragged on forever! In early March I was recovering from surgery, cooped up indoors, and going crazy wishing for Spring. My husband and I caught a great sale on some Spring Tulip and Hyacinth bulbs planted in pots with about two inches of growth visible. We intended to put them in the cool garage until we could plant them in warmer weather.

Out of curiosity, I decided to put them on my dining room table and see what they might do indoors. The results were spectacular! Within a few days the plants started growing like crazy. In just a couple of weeks they presented us with these amazing Tulips and Hyacinths, the beauty and fragrance of which we enjoyed for a few weeks until they started to die down. My dining room looked and smelled like a florist shop and it cheered me up immensely!

Once the flowers died down, I collected their seeds to save for planting more tulips! Hey, free flowers are always a good thing. I cut the flower stalks down to about two inches tall and slowed the watering, to allow the bulbs to be prepared for planting outdoors.

This was an amazing experiment, so much fun and so little effort! We have decided to do this every year from now on, adding new colors and varieties to our outdoor collection while enjoying them indoors during the snow and cold.

Try it yourself, I promise you will have lots of fun watching the flowers go into bloom!

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Our Second Spring Flower Shopping Trip - We Had To Have More!

We went back to Lowe's and picked up some additional Spring plants and bulbs, because our tulips had ended blooming and we wanted more blooming flowers! This time I chose a gorgeous Hydrangea bush, purple Tulips, and some pink Hyacinths.

How-To's

You'll find bulbs either dry in bags, or pre-planted in pots. For potted bulbs, all you need do is water regularly keeping the soil evenly moist.

Plant dry bulbs in regular potting mix in containers with drain holes, covering with about 3" of soil.

The Later Bulbs With The Hydrangea Bush Made Quite A Display Too!

Some Of My Existing Tulips In The Garden

Collecting The Tulip Seeds

Once the flowers died down, I waited a few more days for the flower heads to mature. I snipped the seeds off and put them on a paper towel to dry thoroughly. Soon I will plant them in potting mix, barely covered, and hope for the best!

Tulips At My Previous Home

I always like to fill a perennial bed with three seasons of color. For Spring I like to have a variety of bulbs such as Tulip, Hyacinth, Daffodil, Jonquil, Crocus, etc.

Normally the best time to plant these bulbs is in the Fall. But they can be found, and successfully planted, in Springtime.

More Tulips From My Previous Home - Wish I Still Had These!

Different View Of Tulips At My Previous Home... - They looked pretty out the window!

Please Plant Your Name In My Guestbook! - Kidding, Just Signing Is Fine!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is a beautiful lens! Thank you for posting!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Lovely lens! I need to try this...I've only planted bulbs outdoors. Great tips and photos!

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      jessie1248 4 years ago

      loved this lense. I live in an apartment in NYC and gardening has always been my thing but I'm limited to indoor and window-sill gardening. Great tips, thanks!bot

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I live in Colorado where we still had snow this week (last week in April) so planting bulbs inside makes a lot of sense for early flowers indoors.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      My bulbs are mostly outdoors, but we can't resist growing Paperwhitesaround the first of the year.

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      I love them too. I planted black tulips on a pot and later it didn't flower anymore. But the ones I planted outside in the garden were flowering every year. I've got the same color variety as your. I think they are more hard wearing than the others. I enjoyed looking and reading. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a couple hundred spring bulbs outside. Also grow bulbs inside in the early months of the year then transplant them to the garden for next year. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      A great read and wonderful images.

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      I plant and grow vegetables all year round - in the Far North of Ontario! Spread the Love!

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      GoodGirlSEO 4 years ago

      I love your lens!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I plant things all year long, it never got cold enough for my hardy bulbs to bloom this year, They were too warm and cozy and never knew when it really got warm.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I love spring flowers...tulips are just so beautiful and I didn't know you could collect the seeds. I can't wait to try this!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Beautiful! I'd love to have spring flowers blooming indoors

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      Psycho Free Zone 4 years ago from USA

      I love tulips, but I've never tried growing them myself. Great lens.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      These flowers looks very beauthiful nice lens

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      yonique88 4 years ago

      Your flowers are very beautiful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will gladly plant my name :) Planting bulbs is my favourite gardening past time during winter.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @Carol Houle: Hopefully, something very good! New plants! Some seeds gathered in this way will grow, others will not. But it never hurts to plant the seeds and give them a chance!

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      We have flowers blooming from spring till late autumn in front of our block of flats - first snowdrops appear, then violets, then tulips and so on - for the whole summer we have roses :)

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      Carol Houle 4 years ago from Montreal

      Nice lens. I have 19 seeds from my B-Day bouquet and I had no idea they could be planted. What happens when I plant them?

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      When it comes to bulb gardening I squirm with zone envy on account of tulips, snow drops and hyacinths. I have to make do with amaryllis lilies and zephyr lilies which grow well in hot climates.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love your gorgeous spring bulbs - how fun to have them indoors! Just today I drove by a house with dozens of colorful tulips growing all along the front. Beautiful. I love tulips!