Planting flowers indoors

paperwhites

Enhance Your Home with Flowers

Wouldn't some bright, sweetly scented blossoms perk up your house this winter? The paperwhite narcissus, a relative of daffodils and jonquils, is easy to grow indoors and produces small, fragrant flowers on 12- to 18-inch stalks. Most paperwhites have pure white blooms, but yellow varieties are also available.

How to Plant Paperwhites Indoors

The most common way to grow paperwhites is to force them to bloom in pots indoors. This is especially popular for decorating at Christmastime. Fill a shallow bowl or other container with crushed rocks or pebbles, then push your paperwhite bulbs down into the stones so they stay in an upright position. Add water so it just reaches the bottom of the bulbs.

paperwhitesHow to Force Paperwhites to Bloom

After planting, keep the bulbs in a cool, dark room for several weeks until the roots take hold and shoots sprout from the bulbs. Then place the containers in a sunny location. In 4 to 6 weeks, you'll see tiny blossoms on the flower stems. Paperwhites have a significant advantage over most other forcing bulbs in that they do not need an 8- to 16-week cold-temperature treatment. Because it's so fast and easy, forcing paperwhites is an excellent project for beginning gardeners.

Plant Outdoors in Warm Climates

Unlike their daffodil relatives, paperwhites won't tolerate freezing temperatures, but they can be planted outdoors where winters are mild. Plant them in the fall as you would other spring-flowering bulbs. They look especially attractive in groups planted in containers or the garden.

A Tip for Growing Paperwhites Indoors

To prevent your paperwhites from getting tall and floppy, give them a good stiff drink. Paperwhite bulbs grown in water with a 5% concentration of alcohol bloom beautifully on stems 1/3 shorter than paperwhites grown in unspiked water. Most liquors are about 40% alcohol, so that works out to about 1 part alcoholic beverage to 7 parts water.


Do you plan on planting flowers too?

2009-09-25 22:45:11 by mamagreen

If you are going to have an organic vegetable garden, it's still a good idea to plant some flowers. They will help attract beneficial insects and birds, which helps with pollination and keeping away bad bugs. I would save a couple of vases (different sizes), so that you can enjoy your flowers indoors too. I pretty much keep a vase of flowers in the house all summer. It makes me happy, and I don't have to deadhead as much :) Even something as simple as a single dahlia in a bud vase can be quite pretty. I use extra jars for flowers that I share (with neighbors, kid's teachers, grandparents etc)


Now is a good time for planting marigold seeds

2006-03-03 19:24:11 by Twice_shy_nli

You'll get flowers sooner if you plant the seeds in sixpacks & keep on a sunny windowsill indoors, they'll sprout in a few weeks. You can move them directly to the garden in April/May. Another advantage of this technique is that you'll get them big enough that they likely won't be lost to the snails.
But you can also just plant seeds in the garden now. They'll sprout when the soil warms, they'll be a little slower on the uptake this spring to produce flowers, but otherwise will & do just fine. You'll have to take precautions against snails if you do it this way. Some varieties of marigolds are thought of as gormet treats by snails


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