5 Tips For Taking Care of Easter Flowers

Caring for Easter Flowers

5 Tips For Taking Care of Easter Flowers

One of the biggest issues with getting flowers at Easter whether you receive them or bought them yourself is wondering how best to take care of them. Though so many of us may get or receive Easter flowers, we don’t know how to care for them. And this is what we will seek to answer in this post.

There is nothing worse than getting an Easter flower only to have it look bad in a few days. It doesn’t matter whether it is before or after Easter, either way, it stinks.  But the good news is that there are a few things that you can do to help keep your Easter flowers looking nice regardless of what they are.

But what are the most common Easter flowers? They are Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Easter Lilies. And the chances are that we all have our favorites. One of you might think that the Easter flower is tulips another lilies and still others Hyacinths. But the good news is that the way to keep them looking nice is the same regardless of what type they are. Further, these tips also helpful for any flower whether real or cut, though there are some more tips that are useful for cut flowers.

  1. Be careful when you buy your Easter flowers

    One of the most import things that you can do to ensure that your Easter flowers last a long time is that you are careful when you buy them. The key is to get ones with tight buds. Sure, it might not look nice now, but you will be glad that you did. The problem when you buy an Easter flower that is fully open is that you do not know long it has been in bloom. For all you know it might not look good tomorrow or even loose petals on the way home.
  2. Make sure your flowers are not too warm

    One of the main things that cause flowers to spoil is heat. Take for instance when the flowers are in the greenhouse. Though being in the greenhouse makes the flowers bloom sooner especially if it is warm, it will also bloom only a short time. Further, heat encourages weaker growth which means that the flowers will shatter more easily if you buy them in full bloom.
  3. Make sure that your flowers are not getting too much light

    This is something that may be rather surprising to some, especially if you have houseplants. If there is one thing that houseplants need, it is light and lots of it. Chances are with houseplants, even if you think that it is getting enough light, it needs more. But this is not the same with Easter flowers or plants that are in bloom. In this case, you want to make sure that they do not get too much sun. The reason for this is that the sun will cause photosynthesis meaning the plant will grow. This speeds up the blooming process. The goal to make plants bloom longer is to try to slow down the growth.
  4. Don’t overwater

    Unfortunately, bulbs are very easy to overwater. The reason for this is that a lot of the energy, etc. is stored in the bulb. The issue with overwatering is if it does not dry out, the bulbs can spoil. This is generally not much of an issue when if you have it only for a short time. The bigger issue is when you are trying to keep the bulbs. You don’t want the bulbs sitting in water especially before you try to store them.
  5. If you want to keep them make sure that you plant them correctly

    This does not always apply to everyone, but there are many of us that if we get or receive Easter flowers, then you better believe we are going to plant it. We may not care too much whether they make it, but we enjoy the challenge. But if you want a greater chance of them making it, you will want to store the bulbs in a cool, dry place until fall (You want to plant your bulbs 1-2 months before the first frost.). This allows the bulbs to have a rest. Your best bet is often to store them in a garage or basement, as long as it isn’t to damp. The key is to plant the bulbs roughly 6-8 inches deep. Far too often people plant bulbs far to shallow.

Have you followed any of these tips? Have any thing that you would add? Comment below!

6 Thoughts on Starting Seeds Indoors

In the next few weeks, people will begin planting seeds indoors. Here on 6 thoughts on starting seeds indoor.

Perhaps you are one of the people who start seeds each year. Perhaps your parents had done it when you were growing up and now you want to follow in their steps or are thinking of trying to start seeds for the first time. Here are 6 thoughts about starting seeds indoors:

    1. Make sure that you have enough light:

      One thing that is often forgotten when starting or growing plants indoors is how important light is. What we must realize, however, is that just generic light is not enough. Regular light bulbs are not as efficient as specially designed grow lights. Grow lights are specially tailored to provide light that matches the spectrum of the sun or is on a spectrum that lends to photosynthesis.

    2. Beware of diseases:

      Disease is the seed starters scourge. One must remember that when starting seeds, there will be losses. Disease is one of the main cause of these losses. There are many reasons why disease is a concern when starting seeds indoors. One of the main reasons why this is an issue indoors is lack of air circulation. Another way to limit diseases is to make sure that containers and soil is sterile.

    3. Make sure you start seeds at the right time:

      One of the biggest struggles of starting seeds is starting them at the right time. Fortunately, there are many tools online that will help with this. Just search seed starting dates and you will find many tools.

    4. Be careful not to overwater:

      Overwatering can be a big problem when starting seeds. You don’t want to underwater, but seeds are so easy to over water. Overwatered seeds can rot and overwatered seedlings can spoil.

    5. Warmer soil speeds seed germination and seedling growth:

      As one might expect, warmer soil helps with seed starting. Consider purchasing a plant heating mat to provide seed trays with warmth.

    6. Make sure that acclimate the plants when you take them outdoors:

      Planting seeds is more complicated than just starting them and sticking them in the ground. Before they are planted out side, plants must be acclimated to the climate. This can be done, by carrying the established seedlings outside for a few hours in the days before transplanting and gradually increasing the time out side. Also, it is important that seedlings are covered if it is to be cold, so they do not freeze.

Are you starting seeds this year? Comment below with what you plan on starting!

5 Reasons to Visit Your Garden Center Now

Chances are that you are not thinking of visiting your local garden center now. It is February after all. But here are 5 reasons that you should rethink that.

Most people would not think it, but February is a busy time at the garden center. Although, the end of December and the beginning of January is slow, by February we are in full swing. Plants for spring are being planted and being moved to get ready for when you come to shop in the coming months.

But why should you come in? Here are 5 reasons:

    1. Let’s face it, winter is long:.

      Regardless of who you are, winter is long. It is good to get out of the house and just to see the green of the plants. We fail to realize how much we miss the green and lively color.

    2. Silk Flowers:

      Another way to break up the winter and to liven your house is to get silk flowers. Right now, we have about the best selection that we will have in silk. We have both pre-made arrangements and loose silk for you to create your own arrangements.

    3. Seeds:

      Right now, we have a full supply of flower and vegetable seeds, so you can get them while we still have the best selection and before you get too busy to get an early start!

    4. Spring flowers:

      Nothing brightens your home more than spring flowers. Right now, we have a supply of primroses, cyclamens, with more flowers coming soon!

    5. Houseplants:

      Houseplants are often something that we forget about, but they are perfect way to bring a life into your home year round! We have air plants, succulents, ivy, and other house plants! Enjoy the benefits of the reduced stress by bringing a plant into your home!

Are there any other reasons that you can think of? Comment below!