Special Love for Spring Bulb Flowers

by Ardith Beveridge, Tastemaker in Residence

Spring comes into our hearts and minds long before the first tip of green peeks out of the soil and is warmed by the sun. I admire bulb flowers even at this early stage. When the bulbs burst into bloom, most produce big flowers in the most beautiful colors — yellow, orange, red, pink, white, purple — and some are bi-colored.
 
Whether you get your spring bulb flowers from your florist, (LINK http://nationalfloristdirectory.com/) or cut them from your own garden, they are indeed a treat to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of spring! It’s important to keep in mind taking caring of cut bulb flowers is a bit different from roses, lilies and tropical varieties. Here are a few notes on how to care for some popular cut bulb flowers:
 
Cut bulb flowers are available throughout the year from local flower shops, LINK http://nationalfloristdirectory.com/ I have to admit, it is an annual treat to cut them from my own garden at home. It’s important to keep in mind taking caring of cut bulb flowers is a bit different from roses, lilies and tropical varieties. Here are a few notes on how to care for some popular cut bulb flowers:

Tulips.
Rinse tulip stems and leaves with cool to slightly warm water, and remove distressed foliage. Use bulb flower food to keep the bacteria down, extend the color and fragrance, and keep the PH balance of the water correct. Follow the directions on the package. Tulip stems continue to grow up to two inches each time they are cut, and they follow the light.

 IMAGE  Hyacinth

IMAGE Hyacinth

Hyacinths.
Care for hyacinths in the same manner as tulips. Wash stems, remove distressed foliage and place in water with bulb food.

 IMAGE  Daffodil

IMAGE Daffodil

Daffodils.
Also called narcissus or jonquil, the daffodil stems exude sap each time they are cut, and the sap can harm other flowers. So don’t place daffodils in the same vase as other flowers. After cutting daffodils, place the stems in water with bulb food.
 
Happy Spring to you and your family! I hope you get outside and enjoy the colors and fragrances of the new season.

Stay tuned next week for...What are your favorite spring flowers?