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!

Square Foot Gardening

Spring means planting season in Central Pennsylvania and it’s a time of year when the ground awakens and locals dream of beautiful gardens filled with color and hearty vegetables. Farmers are out walking the fields and gardeners grow restless with anticipation of the coming season. Whether our customers come in by engine or buggy, everyone is asking the same big question- “What can I plant now?“

The spring season in Lancaster County is often difficult to decipher. Days in March awaken to a frost and thaw out to an average of 55°F. Our evenings tend to drop down below 40 and often land in the 30’s. For that reason, frost is a concern in the horticulture world and can be fatal to freshly planted seedlings that are not protected from these extreme temperature ranges. Plants that are not cold tolerant will show signs of stress and may experience irreparable harm.

Luckily, the natural world is a beautiful and tolerant place that offers hardy plants the ability to adapt and grow in even the most unpredictable days of spring.

So come to Ken’s Gardens and fill the wagon with an assortment of cold tolerant plants waiting to feel the touch of morning sunshine.

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Ken’s Gardens has cold tolerant seedlings on the self and currently recommends the following cold tolerant vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrot
  • Hardy Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Mustards
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Swiss chard

Our complete vegetable inventory for 2016 can be found here.

 

However, not all seedling varieties are on the shelves. Mid-April will bring the release of our entire Tomato collection and May will start the beginning of our early summer vegetables. We greatly appreciate your patience as we grow from seed to seedling.

Our Ronk’s location has the perfect example of how a garden can look when planted in early March. Sitting in front of our green roof shed is a 4×4 square foot box. This garden style is called “Square Foot Gardening”. It’s a simple approach to gardening and utilizes every inch for efficient growing, leaving behind the space waste of row gardening.

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This box of cold tolerant annuals and vegetables were planted on March 8th, 2016. It was as EASY as 1-2-3. Here’s how we did.

Easter Resurrection Garden Tutorial

Hi there! Easter Sunday is coming up, and we have made some Easter Resurrection Gardens to honor the holiday.

An Easter resurrection garden is a symbol of Jesus rising from his tomb. They portray the scene that Mary Magdalene saw, a tomb with a stone to be rolled away on Easter Sunday.

Resurrection gardens are typically made with rye grass, or can be made more decorative with preserved moss and violas. Here we will be showing you how we make both types resurrection gardens.

Start with your container, I love how terra cotta bowls and saucers look for these. A deeper bowl is great for a viola type garden, while a saucer works well for the grass type gardens. You can always combine grass and violas with moss, but go with the deeper dish.

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Materials:

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  • florist wire or jute twine (to create the crosses)
  • small terra cotta pot
  • large river rock
  • pebbles
  • the ground cover and plants of your choice

 

 

 

If your container has a drainage hole at the bottom, you will want to cover it up so that no dirt or water leaks through. Newspaper, cardboard, and duct tape all work well to prevent anything from falling out.

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(Optional: lay an inch of gravel at the bottom to help with drainage before adding soil.)

 

Next, fill your container with soil nearly to the top. Set the terra cotta pot into the soil on an angle to have it look like a tomb like so:

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Add some more soil to cover the end of the small terra cotta pot.

Next add your moss or seed. If you are adding seed, rye grass takes 7 days to grow (the fastest out of the grasses). You will want to mist the soil with water before adding seed to help the seeds stick. Sprinkle the seed to cover, but not completely so that there is no soil visible. Mist again once you’ve finished adding seed.

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Create a well for the violas in the soil. Squeeze the bottom of the viola pack to pop them out, and massage the roots before placing the flowers into the well. Add or move soil to finish adding the violas. Preserved moss can just be laid on top of the soil, gently spread out the moss to get a more spread and even coverage.

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The crosses are next, tie the twigs together with ample twine or wire and cut any excess. Purple string is also a great optional touch. Add the crosses to the garden, some small pebbles surrounding the base of the crosses aides to stabilize the crosses. Spread pebbles in front of the tomb as well, enough to cover the soil.

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For the finishing touch, add your large river rock in front of the terra cotta “tomb”. You can write any Easter sayings that you wish, bible verses or a simple “he arose” with a permanent marker.  Roll the river rock from the tomb on Easter Sunday to symbolize that Christ has risen.

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Grass takes 1 week to germinate, 2 weeks to get nice. Grass should stay nice for couple weeks if watered and get sunlight.

Ken’s Gardens joins you in gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice and the joyful renewal it brings God’s children this Easter!