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Grow a Winter Garden Craft – Bloom Brightly!

Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapanGrow a winter garden for an easy and beautiful project this cold January. I am a flower and over-all gardening lover. From early April until late November I am in my garden digging, pulling and trimming, but the cold winter months have me missing the beautiful growth! Easy to solve problem with the arrangements below all created under one hour. Go to your local florist or garden center, and they will have a great selection of bulbs right now. Dry bulbs or bulbs in the dirt with shoots and roots also work. The easiest to grow are paperwhites and hyacinth, although crocus and daffodils are also quite simple and inexpensive.

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Step 1: Find a container that is at least 3-6 inches deep if not deeper. There does not need to be drainage holes in the bottom (as long as you monitor moisture closely). The taller the type of plant the deeper the roots need to hold everything straight. I have chosen six vessels for my winter garden. You can use anything from old kitchen bowls, lacquer boxes to wooden bath wash tubs! I love finding new vessels to use at the antique markets.Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapan

Note: Some bulbs like paperwhites, daffodils and hyacinths grow nicely in rocks, where other bulbs such as amaryllis, snowdrops and tulips prefer soil.

Step 2: If planting in rocks only! Fill your vessel with gravel size rocks. Take bulbs and remove any loose skin that is coming off the bulb to Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapanmake it look prettier in the vessel. Place the bulbs gently on the rocks, they need to be stable sitting on top of the rocks, not wedged. If the bulbs already have roots dig a small hole and then cover roots with rocks. Once you have covered the top layer of gravel with bulbs fill the container with water until just the base of the bulbs sit in the water. The bulbs will sense the water and send roots out to reach down into the water. If you put too much water in the bulbs may rot, don’t cover more than the base of the bulbs!

Step 3. When using soil, you will need to add 1-2 inches of rocks in the bottom of your potting vessel to allow for drainage.Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapan

Step 4. If the bulbs are large and already have a green head popping out plant with 1/3-2/3 above the soil. If the bulbs are little and, heads are closed tight than plant 2/3 in the soil.

Step 5. After planting, you can add decorative gravel, sea-glass or sea shells to add an Grow a Winter Garden BestLivingJapanadditional dimension.

Step 5. Put your bulbs in a sunny location and wait 3-6 DSC_1492weeks depending on the stage of growth when planted.

Note; Some bulbs such as tulips, crocus, and daffodils benefit by being kept in a paper bag in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks before being planted. It tricks them into thinking it is spring. However, I have never had a problem buying directly from a Japanese home center or florist not refrigerating and having the flowers bloom in a few weeks.

Enjoy the beautiful colour and smells even when it is freezing outside.

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