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Planting and Aftercare

A little bit of garden know-how goes a long way!

Once you have selected your bulbs, the planting and aftercare instructions will simplify your gardening experience. Step by step instructions on when to plant, how to plant and how to care for your bulbs after they have bloomed makes it easy to get picture perfect results indoors.

Planting Amaryllis

Amaryllis & Paperwhites....Planting is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Fill the container ¾ full with potting soil.

2. Place the bulb in the potting soil and cover with potting soil. Make sure to leave the tip of the bulb exposed. For Amaryllis, there should be one bulb for a 6 inch pot and for Paperwhites there should be no more than 5 bulbs per 6 inch pot. Cover with decorative moss (optional).

3. Water so that the soil is moist. Do not over-water. Place container in a sunny location in your home.

Other Bulbs for Indoor Forcing

1. In a container that has adequate drainage, fill ¾ full with potting soil.

2. Place the bulb in the potting soil and cover with potting soil. Make sure to leave the tip of the bulb exposed.

3. Water so that the soil is moist. Do not over-water.

4. Place the bulbs in a cool, dry place in your home, such as in a refrigerator. The temperature should be between 32 and 50.  Average forcing time is between 12 and 15 weeks.

5. At 8 weeks, begin to check on the bulbs regularly. When you see a green sprout appear, gradually move the bulbs into a warmer, sunny location in your home. Ideally the temperature of your location should be around 65ºF.

6. Keep the soil lightly watered and enjoy your blooms.

Bulb Type

Weeks in Cold

Weeks to Bloom

Chiondoxa

15

2-3

Crocus

15

2

Eranthis

15

2

Fritillaria Meleagris

15

3

Galanthus

15

2

Hyacinth

10-12

2-3

Iris Reticulata

15

2-3

Muscari

13-15

2-3

Narcissus

15-17

2-3

Puschkinia

15

2-3

Scilla

12-15

2-3

Tulip

14-20

2-3

 

CHOOSING COLOR
Choosing color in every aspect of your life is a very personal decision based on what colors evoke certain emotions in you. Consider your favorite colors and how they fit into your home’s color scheme.

Visit our COLOR 101 page for more information on using color.

AFTERCARE
If you water the bulbs after they have bloomed, they can be planted in the garden once the weather is warm and possibly bloom again. However, many bulbs will not come back after being forced.