• Howard Payne posted an update 6 months ago

    Meditations on Spring-flowering Bulbs for Indoor Bloom

    Meditate on your spring flowered bulbs
    Spring-flowering bulbs make a spectacular display of color in a winter window garden. As far as meditations go, the dormant bulbs, purchased in September or October, already contain the perfectly formed, relaxed, spiritual flower buds. These await only warmth, moisture, and light to be brought into full bloom, but the period from early fall until around January i is an important one. During that time the bulbs need coolness and evenly moist soil. These conditions promote the formation of a sturdy root system. You can find useful information about plants with this app- https://apps.apple.com/us/app/plantspot-plant-identification/id1437376141.

    Any good garden soil that contains a reasonable amount of humus and sand is satisfactory for forcing bulbs. One good mixture is made by combining equal parts of soil, peat moss, and sand. Commercially prepared potting soils offered for African violets and other house plants are usually satisfactory for forcing bulbs. Paperwhite narcissi are frequently planted in bowls of pebbles and water. Hyacinths also may be planted this way, but no other spring bulbs do well without soil.

    Bone meal, a slow-acting organic fertilizer, is an excellent ingredient of soil mixtures used for bulbs. It is especially desirable for potting those which eventually will be moved to the outdoor garden. Add bone meal at the rate of one heaping teaspoon-ful for each 5- to 7-inch pot of soil.

    Pot spring-flowering bulbs for forcing in early fall. If you can get healthy, firm bulbs up to the middle of November, they will still force satisfactorily. Some bulb varieties force better than others. The list at the end of this chapter can be your guide, or, study fall bulb catalogues to find varieties suggested as superior for forcing. It is important that the bulbs be of top (jumbo), or first, size, firm, and otherwise in perfect condition.

    A 4- or 5-inch pot will accommodate one hyacinth; one or possibly two daffodils; two or three tulips; or four to eight of the small bulbs like grape hyacinths (Muscari), crocuses, and miniature daffodils.

    A 6- or 7-inch pot can be planted to three or four hyacinths; three or four daffodils; four to six tulips; or six to twelve of the small bulbs. Plant larger containers accordingly, allowing about a half inch of space between bulbs. When forcing tulips, try planting one bulb to a 3- or 4-inch pot. Planting several to a large container is fine, but where space is limited, one tulip blooming each week for a month in late winter may be more appreciated than a large pot of them blooming all at one time.