Maybe you’ve been given a pot of hyacinths for a gift, or maybe you just couldn’t resist purchasing those tulips or muscari at the greenhouse, after all it’s been a horrible winter and we’ve all needed an early bit of spring. But now that they have finished blooming – what do you do with them? Transplant them to the garden of course!
I take a scissor or my secateurs and snip the dead flowers off (same thing you do when they’ve finished flowering in the garden). If the ground is too damp or just generally unworkable, I stick the entire pot outside to let them harden off a bit and also for the stronger sun. Indoor light is weak at best.
When the ground is ready, dig the hole (maybe a bit deeper than the soil level they’ve been planted at – the rule of thumb is plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall), sprinkle a little 5-5-5 fertilizer and a little compost in the general vicinity, work it onto the loose soil too, pop the bulgy root mass out, plop it in the prepared spot and backfill – that’s it. Be cautious not to snap stems or leaves – they still need to photosynthasize as long as possible to build up energy for next year, but most bulbs are quite resilient and will produce displays again and again. The only caveat to that statement would be tulips. I always replant mine and I’ll usually have flowers the next year, but after that they’re pretty much done. Occasionally you’ll have some that will last, but that’s the exception, not the rule.
I’ve planted out hyacinths, tulips, muscari, Easter lilies, lily-of-the-valley pips, reticulated iris and this year I’ll be planting out allium I forced. It’s always fun to keep trying new things!
Get out there and start gardening! And thanks as always for reading EG!