Thursday, September 3, 2009

More Kids Stuff: Blooming Winter

Bulbs create instant spring in the gray days of winter. Kids can pot up blooming bulbs for home or Christmas gifts. Flea market and garage sales are great sources for vintage clay pots or unusual containers.

Daffodils, tulips and crocuses can be planted in a well-drained container under several inches of potting soil. Pack the bulbs side-by-side, cover with soil and store outside until the first sprouts of early spring. Move them to decks, porches and window boxes to enjoy. To force the blooms earlier, bulbs must be refrigerated for at least a month before planting and placing the pot indoors in a sunny window.

Hyacinths and paper white narcissus don’t need soil to be forced indoors. Both can sprout and bloom in a water-tight container filled with small pebbles or gravel halfway up the side of the bulb. Keep the water level just below the surface of the pebbles and place in a sunny window for holiday or winter bloom.

Be sure to visit Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for great bulbs and a behind-the-scenes tour during Le Tour des Plants!

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