Plants & Care

Planting Bulbs

Amarylli
It can take weeks before amaryllis bulbs start sprouting, depending on the variety and the treatment they have been given by the grower. However, if you buy a pot amaryllis with visible sprouts, it will start flowering within a few weeks. The best place for your amaryllis is a sunny or light spot, otherwise the stems will stretch out too far in order to search for the light. A warm spot near a heat source will do, but once your amaryllis starts flowering it is better move it to a cooler spot.
When you buy an amaryllis bulb, you can usually see whether is has one or two buds. Each bud can produce 4 to 5 flowers. When the first stem has left off flowering, cut off the stem. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can even have a third stem. Flowering amarylli can become top-heavy and topple over. This can be prevented by using a heavier pot and by supporting the stem.

Hyacinths
When buying potted hyacinths, always check whether the soil is not too dry. Put the pot in a sunny or light spot, otherwise the stems will stretch out too far in order to search for the light. Once the hyacinths start to flower, you can cut down on the watering. Hyacinths  should not be put too close to a heat source, because too much warmth will reduce the flowering period and can dry out the buds. Some varieties produce heavy flowers, which are likely to topple over. If you have a pot with two or more hyacinths, you can prevent this by tying a piece of strong around the bunches, keeping them together. Another option is to support them with a thin stick.

Narcissi
When buying potted narcissi, always check whether the soil is not too dry. Put the pot in a sunny or light spot, otherwise the stems will stretch out too far in order to search for the light. Once the narcissi start to flower, you can cut down on the watering. Narcissi should not be put too close to a heat source, because too much warmth will shorten the flowering period and can dry out the buds. After flowering, the bulbs can be planted in the garden. There is a good chance that they will flower again the next year.

Other
In addition to those described above, there are many other types of bulbs which can be bought as potted bulbs. Here are general tips:
  • Put your potted bulbs in a sunny or light spot
  • The pots should not be put too close to a heat source, especially not once they start flowering
  • Once the bulbs start flowering, cut down on the watering
 
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