Wednesday, 7 November 2012

flowering plants and bulbs for forcing

Narcissus Bulbs

The Narcissus bulbs have arrived!
In the shop now and ready to 'force', narcissus or paperwhites can be planted in soil or simply nestle the bulbs into pebbles with water just touching their base. The roots will begin to set, and in 4 to 6 weeks you will have beautiful fragrant narcissus flowers.

A few bulbs, a simple vase or jar and some pebbles make a perfect holiday gift. When started in late December, they will deliver a burst of early spring flowers in late January... when just about everyone needs a little burst.


Beautiful, elegant and easy to grow if you follow a few guidelines
-  they prefer bright, indirect light. Do not place in direct sunlight.
- keep compost/soil medium moist, but not drenched, allow to dry slightly between watering, ans never let the plant roots sit in excess water. The plants appreciate misting to keep the humidity level up
- they prefer warm temperatures, so the average house temperature is fine. Keep them away from cold drafts which can discolour the flower spathe
- anthuriums can be toxic if ingested. Take care with anthuriums around animals and small children.