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Color in your Kitchen This Winter

Bulbs indoors daffodils
Ever been enticed by the pots of daffodils and fragrant hyacinth blooming in the grocery store in early February? Follow these easy, simple steps to save money and bring spring into your own home this winter…There are two ways to have bulbs blooming in your home this winter, easy and easier. Both are explained because some people have extra garage space but no extra ice box space and vice versa.

Easy
Pot up a few of your favorite flower bulbs in clean, well-drained potting soil and place the pots in a cool, unheated garage or cellar. Soak them in well after planting and then check now and then for water. Mark 12-15 weeks on your calender. 12 weeks in the minimum time needed for most  bulbs, tulips do best with 15 weeks. When the time’s up, bring the pots into a cooler area of your home. Once you see the bulbs emerging, pots can be moved anywhere you need some spring!

Easier
Just toss a few bulbs in a paper sack and store for 12-15 weeks in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator. The paper sack prevents the bulbs from rotting, while the veggie bin provides a bit of moisture. After 12- 15 weeks, just pot up your bulbs in potting soil and place in a well lit room. Try to increase light and temperature gradually, just like it occurs in nature.

4 Tips for Beautiful Spring Bulbs

bulbs and pansies

Nothing is so cheerful after a long dreary winter as the sight of colorful spring flower bulbs. Think tulips, daffodils, crocus and fragrant hyacinth.  Bulbs are inexpensive and easy to care for.  With a little soil preparation and planning, you can have a lovely spring garden that returns every year.

  • Plant bulbs deep enough. Tulip and daffodils should be at least 6 to 8 inches deep. A good rule of thumb is to plant bulbs 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is wide.
  • Quality bulbs and good drainage are two important ingredients for beautiful spring blooms. If necessary, improve clay soil with cotton burr compost or other good quality organic matter.
  • Most flower bulbs prefer sunny sites. However, many spring bulbs bloom before trees leaf out so full sun is not essential. Crocus and daffodils, however, will bloom just fine in shady sites.
  • Mix bone meal or bulb food in the hole at the time of planting for larger stronger blooms.
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