I received a pot of assorted bulbs from my son for Valentines. The label
just says bulb assortment, so I don't know what I have totally. I know
there is a variety of mini daffodils, mini irises and a couple of tulips.
There are also a couple of other flowers I don't know. I would like to
leave them in the pot. My question is how do I now care for these bulbs?
Would letting them be until fall be too long before they go dormant (right
now it is winter here - USDA 4/5)? What do I do with them then? I have
never had any bulbs before, so I don't know what I'm doing.
Thank you in advance for any advise!
In order for the bulbs to bloom again they need to get
plenty of light. Place the plant where it can get as much
sunlight as possible and if the temperate stays above
freezing during the day put them outside. Once the blooms
are gone you will notice that the foliage slowly dies off.
Continue to water the plant and let it get plenty of light
until the foliage is yellow (or brown). By then it will
likely be warm enough to plant the bulbs in the ground (the
BEST place for them; DO NOT let them sit in the pot until
fall). Plant them 6 to 8 inches deep and if some varmint
doesn't eat them you should have flowers again next spring
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 21:59:49 GMT, "Charlotte Hippen"
Did n't hey come with instructions? Bulbs need a period of cold, not
sure if the bulbs you got had that. I'd probably plant them in the
ground (pointed end up) ASAP. Use a tablespoon of bonemeal mixed into
the hole. Plant them at the proper height.
No, they really didn't. The instructions say "Most prefer indirect light.
Mod. moist soil" Not much help. But with were they were purchased (dept.
store) that is usually the case. I know that they need some sort of a
period of cold for rest, but that was the extent of my knowledge. They are
currently in a pot and are blooming. I think I'll do like Bill suggested
and plan them outside when spring gets here. I'll use your advise and add
bonemeal to the soil. Thanks.
I don't know what tulip bulbs hybrids you have, but in Holland we normally
plant tulips in October/November (preferably beginning of November),
in half spring they will flower (April) and in June/July we dig them up
out of the soil and store them dry, dark, and cool until late autumn.
Tulips need to be replanted in fresh soil (or another spot for three
years) because they using all the "food" out of the soil.
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