Enjoy Spring Flowers In Winter With Blooming Bulbs!
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!
What Do You Think Of Growing Bulbs Indoors? - Come On, You Can Tell Me!
Have You Ever Tried Growing Bulbs Indoors?
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.
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.