Indoor Bulb Plant Care Made Simple
I don’t know about you, but any time I see bulb plants like tulips and daffodils on display, I’m thinking Spring! Especially after the holidays, when winter is really settling in, and I’m really ready for a splash of color!
If you are thinking along these same lines, and want to pick up a bulb plant or two to brighten up your surroundings, you might be wondering…
What Bulb Plants Do Best Indoors?
The most common bulb plants sold by retail florists for indoor enjoyment are tulips, daffodils, and fragrant hyacinth plants. They are all hardy bulbs that bloom naturally in early spring.
Combination planters, also known as bulb gardens, are also very popular. While many of these usually are planted with those same spring bulbs, they might include several smaller plants as well.
I’ve frequently seen grape hyacinths, iris, freesia, tete-a-tete daffodils, and crocus plants included in some of the larger bulb gardens we’ve sold. Usually, they are planted to provide continuous blooms over a period lasting several weeks.
All of the spring-flowering bulbs are planted in the fall and forced so they may be enjoyed during the winter months.
Flowering Bulb Plant Care Tips
Proper care of each of these different types of bulb plants is very similar and will help to extend the bloom time.
Keep the soil moderately moist. Water thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch, making sure to drain off any excess water.
Temperature and Light Requirements
Most bulb plants will flower under a wide range of light conditions. While blooming, display them in a cool spot with bright, indirect light.
Bulb plants do best in cool temperatures, 60°-65°F (15°-18°C) during the daytime. Cool night temperatures (50°-60°F/10°-15°C) will help to extend the flowering period when kept indoors. Avoid excessively hot or cold areas.
What To Do With Indoor Bulb Plants After Flowering
If you want to extend the enjoyment of your bulb plants for years to come, keep them well-lit and moist after flowering. Cut off the stems and leaves when they are no longer green.
Since these hardy bulbs are forced in the greenhouse, they should be moved from your house and planted in your garden in mid-spring.
Plant them in a sunny area with well-drained soil. The time it will take to rebloom depends on your local climatic conditions and the size of the bulbs.
I hope you enjoyed these quick tips on how to care for your indoor bulb plants. As you can see, there’s no green thumb required either!
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.