Flowering Bulbs: How To Grow Them Indoors In Containers

Flowering bulbs can be grown indoors. This article tells you how to get started.

I love to grow some tender bulbs indoors and perhaps after reading this article you will decide you want to grow them indoors also. Most of the tender bulbs grown outside can be grown very easily in pots in the home.

I really think that pure bonemeal is the best and safest fertilizer for these tender bulbs. I put one part bonemeal to 50 parts of soil, or say a heaping tablespoon of bonemeal is a good mixture for a six inch pot. The soil should be two parts garden soil loam mixed with one part of leaf mold or peat and enough sand to make the mixture friable. I also feel that the bottom of the pot should be covered with potsherds, then pebbles and coarse sand for drainage, allowing one inch of drainage material to a six inch pot and two inches of drainage material for a larger pot. I never let the soil pack hard, and shake it down to lossen it before planting.

To plant the tender bulbs I never press them down into the soil. As a rule, I feel that the small bulbs should be just beneath the surface of the soil, and I don't entirely cover the larger bulbs. I then water them to settle them and I don't water again until after I see some growth.

Too much water can damage these tender bulbs or

even kill them so please just water that one time

until you see growth. I like to plant large bulbs in pots three times their diameter. Small bulbs, such as Freesias, may be planted three to a four inch pot, six bulbs to an eight inch pot or five to a six inch pot.

I feel that one of the most important factors in growing tender bulbs indoors is to give them a good start by letting the roots develop before the top. If they were planted in the ground this process would take place normally because the ground is always warmer than the air. When they are planted indoors you must take the care to place them in a dark cool place until they are well rooted. When the tops begin to grown then they should be moved or kept in a temperature of 60 degrees to 70 degrees and watered very little at first. When you see that they are full grown then you will need to keep the soil moist, but never soggy, and I also apply liquid manure at intervals. There are many products produced now

for bulbs grown indoors, I would suggest you check with your local nursery for the best products available in your area. I apply this liquid at an interval of two or three weeks.

Some suggestions for planting tender bulbs indoors would be: amaryllids and (Peruvian Lily).

I need to prefer the A. advenum, a small flowering Ameryllid from Chili with drooping, dark red flowers and also the belladonna (South Africa), very hardy, with pink, vanilla scented flowers.

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