We have all done it. Bought bulbs in the fall, to be planted in the
fall and we forgot. What to do with them
now? Can’t dig them in the ground as the
soil is frozen. All is not lost. All the bulbs will need to flower this spring
is a cold period. Begin by planting your
bulbs in a container with drainage holes.
Use a light soilless mix for best results. They can be planted close together. Generally in a 6in pot you will be able to plant
6 tulips, 6 daffodils, 3 hyacinths or 15 crocus. Water thoroughly and keep soil slightly
moist. The bulbs can then be placed in
the refrigerator for 12-13 weeks. The
pots can be covered with cellophane with a few breathing holes. After 12 weeks, the pots can be taken out of
the refrigerator and place in a sunny cold location. Once the shoots have emerged, the bulbs can
be moved to a warmer room in the house.
To keep your plants blooming longer, move the pots into a cold room for
the night once the flowers have opened.
No Fail Orchids
Believe it or not, orchids are easy to look after. The common mistake people make is the fuzz
over them too much. Moth orchid or
Phalaenopsis orchids are the most common and easy to look after orchid.
LIGHT: Place your
orchid in a bright indirect light. They
do not like direct sun. Too much light
will result rigid bleached out leaves.
Not enough light will cause the leaves to be long dark green
leaves. Healthy leaves should be medium
orchids are epiphyte and naturally grow on trees. For convenience, we grow these orchids in
both. It is important to give the orchid
a thorough watering and allow it to slightly dry out between watering. Never allow the orchid to completely dry
out. Rain and well water are the most
suitable for healthy growth. You will
need to adjust your watering schedule depending on growing medium used, light
conditions and temperature. Misting them
on a regular basis will help keep the humidity levels higher. The also like a good air circulation so avoid
hot stuffy rooms.
Orchids will benefit from regular fertilizer application. Orchid fertilizers are readily available on
the market. Follow instructions on the
package for optimal results.