I bought some bulbs called "PaperPlates", I put the bulbs in pots around Christmas. I could see them grow a 1/2 inch daily; well now they have bloomed. What do I do?
Do I cut them down till next year and store the bulbs? If I store bulbs how do I do that? Can someone help me? I do not have a green thumb and love plants and flowers indoors.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By DeeDee from Muskegon, MI
Water until the foliage turns yellow, then brown, and finally dies down. After that, water should be withheld entirely and the bulbs stored away in a cool, dark place. This is the usual procedure when bulbs are to be forced a second time. Second forcing, in most instances, are very unsatisfactory; unless you are an expert, the practice is not recommended.
I wish I could help! but I am trying to find out what to do after they bloomed indoors like if I wait till next Christmas or plant outside in spring? So yes I can tell you I planted my bulbs indoors , kept them in light, watered when dry like once a week, I used some miacle-gro Bloom booster! I never have done bulbs but I actually could see this grow everyday, about 1/2 inch or more. No kidding! so yes you can grow bulbs indoors and I am totally new at growing plants and was really surprised! Oh use miracle-gro every two weeks. Good luck & if you hear of what to do after they bloom let me know? menzock AT live.com ( I brought them home & put them right in the dirt & watered them)
Any forced bulb will eventually (within 6mths-18mths) bloom again if planted outside. This is of course providing it normally grows in your Zone. The paper plates bulb referred to - could it perhaps be PaperWhites? As far as I know, it is a type of daffodil & will rebloom outdoors. I keep forced bulbs inside in their pots watered (well afer they have bloomed) & plant them outside early/mid May. They almost always bloom for me the next spring. I am a Zone 6a. Freesia, on the other hand, I have had no luck overwintering in my root cellar. Maybe too cold? Marg
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