Thursday, January 30, 2014


Just for the fun of it, my husband and I quote lines from movies to each other.  One of our favorites in from the Hallmark  movie "A Season For Miracles" when the waitress (Patti Duke) says ..."the temperature is dropping like a barrel over Niagara".  That's what's happening outside right now.  It is starting to snow and well - you know the other part.

Today I did a little online research about trying to keep these bulbs I recently have been enjoying.  You know, finding out what to do after they are bloomed out.  I read on line some helpful tips so I thought I might share with you that it is important to keep watering the bulbs to encourage the leaves to grow even though the flowers are done.  Do not put the pots out in the winter cold or dark and cold garage. I am just an amateur but want to learn more!

 Because they are not so pretty any more, I have moved several to the basement near the window for light. I watered them well and set them on some old trays.  I didn't know tulips formed seeds on the old blooms and I read it is important to remove the old blooms for this reason. Remove dead leaves but leave the rest.  Eventually the leaves will turn brown and dry out but the bulbs can be planted in the garden in the spring after your frost date.  By this time, the bulbs should have been strengthened by the leaves.  I read that bulbs (like hyacinths) that just sit in water are the least likely to survive.  What's your experience?

I just read in an article from the late 90's that every Victorian lady was expected to learn the art of making flowers bloom in winter! Imagine that!  Do you have some tips to share?  Please leave any helpful comments.


NanaDiana said...

I have never taken bulbs from inside to outside. However, with my outside bulbs I do cut the stalk on the tulip when it is done blooming and then I braid the green leaves and lay them down to the ground until they turn brown and I can pull them off. I do overwinter geraniums inside and have good luck moving those out but that is different that bulbs. Good luck, Bernideen-it will be fun to see what happens with them. xo Diana

ellen b. said...

Love the quote!

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Living in So CA is a lot different than where you have frost and snow. If I purchase a tulip in a pot that is blooming I water it and just cut the dead flower off and keep watering and then when they turn brown I take the bulbs out and put them in a bag to replant. I am sure what you are doing is fine. Good luck,

Vee said...

The temp may be dropping, but the room looks warm like spring. I did not know that bulbs could be saved and planted. I read last year that I shouldn't try to save the bulbs from the tulips I purchased. I really wanted to as the tulips were so pretty. (I haven't had much luck with saving bulbs when I did try.)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
I've saved spring flowering potted bulbs after they're spent by letting them die back naturally and then plant the bulbs in the garden in the spring. They usually flower the following year for me, and if they don't, at least I enjoyed them one time at least.

Janneke said...

When my potted bulbs are out of flower, I put them in the garden and hope they will give flowers again the following year. I do have hyacinth bulbs on water in vintage bulb glasses. I have put them in the dark in the basement in November. First week of January I have taken them upstairs to the cool conservatory and they are almost starting to flower now. I will show them on my blog within a week or two.

Marilyn said...

We usually toss the bulbs that have been forced in water, as they don't do well planting - so true.
Definitely worth planting the ones you buy in a pot and dirt. Oh to enjoy a second or more times around.
Very pretty and just love the spring flowers starting to show up at the market.

Angela McRae said...

Thank you for these tips! I am *so* ready to begin gardening!