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Indoor Bulb Gardens

When Your Planters Arrive

Open the box right away, remove the packaging and check the pot. You should see some yellowish or pale green shoots poking through the soil surface. If you don’t see any shoots or the shoots are broken, please contact us.

If the soil is dry, apply enough water to moisten it slightly, but take care not to overwater or the bulbs may rot.

Pre-Bloom Care

For the first week or so, keep the pot in the coolest room in your house (ideally, 55° to 60°‌ F) in bright, indirect light. A north- or east-facing window is ideal. Continue to water as necessary to keep the soil slightly moist. Once the shoots turn green and begin to grow, move the pot to a sunny window at cool room temperature, 65°‌ to 68°‌ F. Rotate the pots every few days to keep stems growing straight.

Once Flowers Appear

Flowering should begin in two to three weeks. Once blooms appear, move the plant out of direct sunlight to prolong the life of the flowers. Continue to water as necessary.

When Blooming is Over

Once flowering is over, many gardeners simply toss the plants in the compost or trash. You can also keep the bulbs for replanting in your garden. However, bulbs that have bloomed indoors may not rebloom or may take a few years to bloom again in the garden. If you decide to give replanting a try, here’s how:

  • Cut off the flower stalks as the blooms fade, but allow the foliage to continue growing.
  • Keep the pot in a sunny window and continue to water.
  • Feed weekly with houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.
  • After a few months the foliage will begin to die back. Once the leaves start to wither, stop watering and let the foliage die back completely.

When the foliage is dry, trim it off. At this point you can leave the bulbs in their pot or remove the bulbs and gently brush off the dry soil. Store the bulbs in a cool (45° to 55° F), dry, dark place until early fall, at which time you can plant them in the garden.

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