Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How do I save my Easter plants?

What to do with those Easter lilies and bulb plants like tulips and daffodils? Good news! Most of these can be planted outside when the weather warms! Only a few things to remember to make your transplants successful. The first is to let the green stems die down naturally before you cut them off. This allows energy to go to the bulb and makes the bulbs stronger for next season. By the way, this is also true of any bulb plants currently in your gardens. Tying them down as opposed to cutting the stems will always produce stronger plants the following season. Secondly, you'll probably need to plant these bulb plants slightly deeper than they are in the pot presently, about six inches deep is just fine. Easter lilies are also hardy - just plant in a somewhat protected area, and mulch well next fall. That's all you have to remember. Next time your guests bring you an Easter plant, you'll be able to enjoy that special gift for years to come!

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