How To Pot Bulbs For Colorful Winter Plants

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master Gardener William Moss discusses how to force bulbs in the Spring.

    William Moss: Winter time is a great time to pot up some plants and bring color indoors. It's easy to do when you pick out nice colorful foliage plants as well as some bulbs. Bulbs just bring a lot of big flashy color and that's what we need indoors because it's not what's happening outdoors right now.

    So what are you going to need to pot up your bulbs and have a nice colorful arrangement is you are going to need a nice container. So find something that's decorative and something with drainage holes in it.

    We are going to start with a little layer of soil on the bottom of both. So the first thing we're going to do is we're going to bloat up our amaryllis bulbs and take these roots and just sort of spread them out a bit. You don't want them all grow in the same direction. Take it and then sit them down in there.

    Okay, so we've got out three bulbs in here, now we're going to make this one a foliage plant. So we'll take out some of our plants, we'll work them all around. I want something flowering now and something is going to flower in a few weeks so I am going to take my paperweights and that will break the roots up just a bit, we don't want them broke up too much.

    Now that we've got our pot full of flowers, flower bulbs and foliage plants, we can fill it with soil. The only thing that you have to do is make sure that you can see the top of your amaryllis bulb; the whole neck should be sticking up out of the soil.

    What you want to do now is water them thoroughly. You just want to make sure that you don't over water, that's the number one killer of amaryllis. So it's really easy to put together a nice winter pot to give yourself some nice color and vibrancy you'll need during winter months. Get out and grow!