An easy way to take care of spring-flowering bulbs indoors, Bloom Kits 101 cover bulbs, containers, growing tips, gardening advice, and growing a strong garden habit to avoid needing your garden in future.
Brief Overview of Bloom Kits 101:
The purpose of the booklet/pattern sheet is to create planting and growing patterns for your container garden starting in February or March with blooms around the first freeze. These patterns should go right until summer flower time. Then you’ll need to start adding other seasonal containers that add interest to your landscape with different shapes and textures.
Pot Size — Your typical pot is 8-10″ diameter. Make sure your pot has enough height to hold these bulbs without hurting them, but not too tall that they will topple over after bloom time. Yes, pots and potsize fruits and vegetables take up a lot of space so a pot size is better than having a plant taller than you.
— Your typical pot is 8-10″ diameter. Make sure your pot has enough height to hold these bulbs without hurting them, but not too tall that they will topple over after bloom time. Yes, pots and potsize fruits and vegetables take up a lot of space so a pot size is better than having a plant taller than you. Planting Tricks — Here’s a few suggestions to keep in mind when planting bulbs:
— Fill the container with at least enough soil to cover the top 1/2 of the bulb. If there’s enough soil, sprinkle a little gravel in front of the bulb for support.
— Avoid planting unripe or air-dried plants as they have no natural flavor. Allow them to completely ripen or be sold unsalvageable.
— Avoid planting tubers such as rhubarb, parsley, and lettuce that can be bad for your relationship with any nearby fruits and vegetables.
— Water a short way because bulbs get the most color out of water, soaking only when the soil is dry to the touch. The water should be far enough away from the ground to not damage the soil but not too close for too much direct contact with the bulb.
— Try new flower shapes and textures. Try planting African violets in a dry jar with the lid closed for extra moisture. If you prefer a vase with light around the base, use a metal pot, if you prefer a bowl, use a plastic pot.
— Try using a combination of poppies and echinacea for different color and fragrance.
— Put a removable basket in the top of the pot if a normal-size container is too large. The basket will help the plants stay dry while still giving you a place to quickly gather in an emergency situation like a thunderstorm.
— Leave the top section bare and free of fertilizer to keep this container nice and green.
Shawn Duffy is a Certified Gardener and Artist who owns and operates an outdoor practice with her son, a Master Gardener, from their home in Bronson. They have a nursery, home remodel and landscape business in Old Hampton.