Winter bulbs like paperwhites and hyacinths add color and beauty to our home, even in the dark days of winter. Many of these varieties have the added bonus of being incredibly fragrant as well, and can make fantastic gifts for friends and family. Many bulbs grow well indoors and can be planted in nearly any type of container. You can re-use jam jars or mason jars, ceramic pots or tureens, terrariums or even vintage ware like teacups or copper pots. Take a look at some of these interesting container ideas for your indoor bulbs.
The best bulbs for “forcing” indoors during the winter are:
- Paperwhites (part of the narcissus family, which includes daffodils)
- Crocus (part of the iris family)
- Muscari (also known as grape hyacinths)
Look for containers that are shallow. If you have a deep container (over 6″) try filling the space with rocks or water. The tops of the bulbs can rest high, even as high as the rim of the container. Since the roots grow downward, allow about 2″ for the roots. In general, the bulbs can be placed next to each other. Follow the instructions on your bulb packet for best results.
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