Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Bulb Planting

Today I posted a new Video Blog sharing some tips and ideas to REMIND you that NOW is the time to get those Holiday bulbs in containers to guarantee an early Winter bloom.   IF you click on the link to my BGgarden on video image to the left of this text you can view that video.  I have also included information below - LET'S GET BUSY!

It's That Time Of Year........
Yes now is the time to stock up on Spring Bulbs that you want to force for a winter bloom and also get those Holiday Bulbs in their blooming containers.  Yesterday I spent some time in our Greenhouse working on Christmas Plantings.  I prepared Paperwhites and a few Amaryllis.

If you are out shopping in just about any retail location you will find a section of Spring Bulbs.  Now in my neck of the woods these items are being clearance already.  I am not sure if it is because of the poor economy or just retailers are ready to move in the Christmas Trees. Either way I am taking adventage of those deep discounts finding some bulbs as low as 75% off retail price.

Purchase BULBS now while they are available.  Store them in the refrigerator for 8 -10 weeks to force them in the winter months.  (image to the right)

After storing them you can plant them indoors for an early winter bloom.  You will love having some color and spring scent in your home on a gloomy winters day.

Planting Paperwhite and Armaryllis indoors can be fun and super easy.   Today I planted 12 paperwhite bulbs in a favorite wicker basket.  Remember to plant in loose soil only a few inches deep. Store in cool and dark location in your home.   Once the bulb begins to put out some green leafs move to a sunny location in your room.  Do not place in direct sunlight and be sure the bulbs do not dry out.   For longer blooms place in a cool location each night but not letting the flower go below 50*.

You will have wonderful blooms in 10 - 12 weeks!

I hope I have inspired you to get out and get your bulbs ready today! 


Stephanie said...

Your video is super! I have learnt a lot today :-) TQ! I hope my amaryliss will grow some flowers for Christmas.

Shady Gardener said...

Okay! I'm game. :-) I'll need to do some shopping first... Thanks for your inspiration.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I saw your video and now looking at your post, I'm inspired. But I need to go grocery shopping and do some housecleaning first. Probably by the time I get all of that done--which could be ages--the bulbs will be sold out! I like your inspiration, though:-)