Bringing bulbs into flower
Your bulbs need to be at a certain stage of development before they can be brought inside for display. Here are some guidelines;
- When roots have developed and the shoots are 4-5cm long (1½-2in), the pots can be brought indoors
- Initially, bring pots into a cool room away from bright light to allow the leaves to green up
- Then move them close to a window in warmer surroundings
- Do not stand them in a draught, or close to a source of artificial heat, such as on a shelf above a radiator
- A humid atmosphere is preferred. Stand pots and vases on shallow trays filled with gravel that is kept moist, but with the water level below the base of the pot
- If the leaves develop faster than the flower buds, move the pots to a cooler place and cover them again to keep them dark for a day or two, but no longer than this or the leaves may begin to turn pale
- Don’t forget to check regularly if the pots need watering or the vases topping up
Bulbs such as Narcissus 'Paperwhite' and N. 'Bridal Crown' are not hardy in most parts of the UK, so are best allowed to dry off and stored for replanting in containers later in the year.
Allow hyacinths to die down naturally after flowering and then plant the bulbs in the garden at twice their own height.
Hippeastrum bulbs can be kept in active growth for a few months, then rested and brought into flower again.