So you brought home or someone gave you an adorable pot of miniature daffodils or extremely fragrant hyacinth or maybe you received a potted Easter Lily at church and they produced gorgeous blooms for a week or two. But now what do do with these beautiful indoor bulbs after flowering? Each of these varieties of flower may be planted outdoors and should thrive year after year.
Easter plants, which are forced to blossom in the spring, may flower again during the summer. Maintaining your plants heath will ensure they are strong enough for replanting. You can do so by providing an environment that is as close to the outdoors as possible. Place your potted plants where they can bask in plenty of sunshine. If your Easter plants do not have adequate drainage, their growth can be stunted. Be sure to allow any excess water to drain properly. Many Easter flowers come in pots that have been lined with foil, so if possible gently remove this foil and make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
Your plants will also need to be watered regularly. The soil should feel moist every day, but it shouldn’t be flooded. Once the flowers on your plant fade, cut them from the stalk. The leaves on the stalk will eventually turn yellow. When this occurs, slowly decrease the amount of water you give the plant. You should moisten the soil every week or so. A gentle watering will prevent the bulb from becoming too dry.
Keep the plant in the pot, and place it in a cool place that receives a moderate amount of light. After there is no more risk of frost, you can plant the flower outside.
Planting Easter bulbs outside
When planting your Easter flowers outside, choose a location that receives plenty of sun. The ideal spot should provide shade for the roots but sunlight for the blossoms. Choose soil that is rich and drains well. At Goffle Brook Farms we have quality soils and growing mediums as well as soil amendments to ensure plant growth and health.
Once you prepare your soil and/or growing medium, you can plant the bulbs directly or set the pot into the earth. If you plant the bulbs, plant them clumps or no more than 6 inches apart. They should be set at least three inches below the surface of the soil. You will need to layer another three inches of dirt on top. Place the plant in the ground slightly deeper than how it was in the pot. Completely cover the roots and bulbs with soil.
When you have your bulbs planted, follow these steps:
- Cut back the stems of each plant to the ground.
- Thoroughly water the soil surrounding the plants.
- Nourish the soil monthly with a fertilizer containing 10 percent of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
- Avoid spraying weed killer near the plants.
Easter plants typically blossom in the middle of the summer season. To allow shoots to sprout, remove the mulch in the springtime. We recommend feeding the soil with a fertilizer consisting of 5 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorus and 5 percent potassium. We carry a large selection of soil amendments for the lawn and garden at our garden center / farmer’s market.