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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

December 20, 2008

A Winter Garden…Indoors

Just because you are putting your garden to bed outdoors, it need not mean you have to stop planting altogether.

If putting your garden to bed outdoors depresses you, pour yourself a cup of eggnog and start planting indoors. Fill your living room with the huge blossoms of an Amaryllis or the sweet scent of the Narcissus (or paperwhites) to stave off the winter blues. (I know some hate the scent, so just open a window and enjoy the beautiful white blooms.)

Choose your Paperwhites like you would an onion, they look quite similar. The larger, firmer bulbs will yield the best flowers. They can be planted in a low bowl that has no drainage hole by using small rocks, seashells or marbles. Just fill the container with rocks, etc, and nestle the bulbs close to each other, burying them halfway down planting material. Add and keep water just below the top of the rocks, don’t place it in direct sunlight as they begin to grow and move them closer to the light ten days after they begin to sprout.

As they continue to grow they will lean toward the sun, so turn the pot every day or so to keep them standing straight up. If they begin to lean too far over tie them together with twine or ribbon to help them stay up.

Paperwhites can also be planted in soil if the container has good drainage and by keeping the soil evenly moist. When planting an Amaryllis bulb, bury nearly the whole bulb, but none of the short stem, in well-packed soil in a container that is an inch or so wider than the bulb and twice as deep. Place in a bright room but not in the window and keep the soil moist but not wet. Most will take about three to four weeks to blossom and will stay in bloom for up to three weeks if kept cool and out of the sun once in bloom.

Get a few and spread out the blooming period by planting a few weeks apart and these magnificent indoor bulbs just might get you through till Spring when the crocuses begin to bloom outside. So much better then Prozac!

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