Growing indoor bulbs is a wonderful way to cheer you up on a dull winter’s day.
Try planting bowls of spring flowering bulbs, such as Hyacinths, Crocus and Daffodils available from our sister site, Unwins Seeds
Here’s our simple guide to getting started:
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Choose a pot with a hole in the bottom that will look good indoors when the bulbs are flowering. Also choose a clay saucer (or a spare kitchen saucer if you’re stuck) for the pot to sit on.
Position the bulbs onto the layer of compost, making sure that they do not quite touch.
Plant them with the pointy nose end upward. Cover with another layer of Westland Bulb Planting Compost.
Position in a cool, sheltered dark place* (such as behind a shed, if there’s no risk of frost, or inside the shed, covered with a piece of card or black polythene)
*This is a preparation phase, you will be bringing them inside soon!
When the bulbs start to emerge and the buds are showing, bring the pots inside to a cool, light room, where the flowers can slowly develop.
Place the pot on the saucer to collect any excess water.
Tall flower stems may need supporting to prevent them from flopping.
Once the bulbs have flowered, remove dead heads by cutting them off just below the flower, so that you remove the seed pod too. This ensures that the plant puts all its energy back into the bulb and not into making seed.
Feed flowering bulbs after flowering with Westland Indoor Plant Food.
Don’t remove the leaves of the plant at this stage, as these will continue to make food that is used to bulk up the bulb for next year’s flowers.
When the leaves have yellowed and withered, they can be carefully cut away from the bulb using a pair of scissors.