EASTER PLANT SALE $ 13.00
We are pre-selling Tulips, Easter Lilies, Hyacinths & Daffodils for $13.00 each this Easter season.
These are nursery grown stock plants which are much bigger, healthier, and last longer than plants purchased at a grocery store or pharmacy, because the bulbs are bigger to begin with. The bigger the bulb, the bigger and more healthy the plant. It’s like buying bulbs at a big box home improvement store versus the garden center. There’s no comparison.
Easter plants are delivered from Piccirillo the Florist to the church the Saturday before Easter so they are nice and fresh, and can be taken home after services Easter Sunday.
Let’s beautify our church for Easter Sunday, help our church expenses, and beautify our homes. Plant in the ground after they have bloomed, and enjoy them for years to come.
To plant Easter Lilies outdoors after blooming:
Now that the flowers of the Easter Lily have withered, many people are wondering what to do with the remaining plant. The lily doesn’t survive as a houseplant, but it can be planted outdoors where it should bloom again. Until it is safe to plant outdoors, keep the plant in a sunny window and water thoroughly when slightly dry.
Select a bright sunny spot in the garden to plant the bulb. Remove the plant from the container and loosen the root system. There will be some torn roots, but it is better for the plant than the compacted root system it has in the container. Plant the bulb a few inches deeper than it was in the container and cover with soil. Water thoroughly and fertilize with an all-purpose garden fertilizer. For the remainder of the season water and fertilize as you would other garden plantings. Soon after planting the old top will wither and die. This is no cause for alarm because new shoots will soon emerge that may flower in July or August. If the plant doesn’t flower later that summer, they will flower the next summer in June.
Some gardeners have good results when overwintering lilies although they are not reliably hardy. To improve your chances for overwintering success, mulch the plants with at least 4″ of straw in the fall. Another option is to dig the bulb in the fall and store indoors the same way we do other tender bulbs such as canna.
To plant Tulips & Hyacinths outdoors after blooming:
Once the plant has stopped blooming, discontinue watering and allow the foliage to die back.
Once the foliage is dried and brown, remove it from the pot by gently tugging on the leaves until they break from the bulb and come out of the ground. (If the leaves do not pull away from the bulbs easily you haven’t waited quite long enough for the foliage to die. It is very important to not remove the foliage prematurely as it helps to put energy back in the bulbs for the next year’s blooms.)
Remove the bulbs from the dirt and dust them off. Check for any rotten or soft spots on bulbs. If these spots are visible on any bulbs, discard them. Allow them to dry out on a piece of paper in a cool, dry and dark place (such as a cellar or basement) or plant them directly in the ground if the weather is suitable for planting.
For our area, the bulbs can be replanted in your outdoor garden in fall, anytime between late September and early November, preferrably prior to the first frost.
To plant Daffodils outdoors after blooming:
Daffodils can rebloom happily for years in containers if they receive the proper aftercare. Much like in-ground daffodils, they, too, need six weeks of natural sunlight and rain and a light scattering of low-nitrogen, 5-10-10 fertilizer to build stores for next season. With potted bulbs you also have the option of moving the pots out of sight during the dying-back period if you want to swap out conspicuous planters with something bright for late spring. No matter where your daffodil pots are sited, tip them on their sides after six weeks to keep water out, and store them out of the way until bringing them back out in late fall.