What To Do When Indoor Bulbs Stop Blooming

There are two schools of thought about what to do when your indoor bulbs stop blooming.

Toss 'Em

The first is to simply discard them and toss them out. Given that bulbs are pretty cheap and are easily grown, this is a viable option for many folks. It is particularly true for folks like myself who either do not have gardens or don't have any space in their gardens for more bulbs.

Grow 'Em

The second is to grow them. Treat them as if you were growing them outdoors.

You have to give them full sunlight

Feed them weekly with a regular strength balanced plant food. (Use a liquid blend of something like 15-15-15 or 20-20-20 if you have it otherwise use what you have as long as it has all three nutrients) Fish emulsion works really well if you can put up with a bit of a fishy smell afterwards for a half hour or so.

Grow the leaves - you want to replenish the strength of the bulb so it will develop another flower bud.

There are two ways to handle the bulb project from this point on. You can either grow the bulbs in the pot until the leaves start to turn yellow and dieback. Then you dig up the bulbs and transplant them into the garden. Depending on the kind of bulb you have and the growing conditions, this could take several months. There is no way for a website to tell you the length of time because of all the variables.

The second method involves growing the bulbs in the pot as above but then when all danger of frost is done in your area, carefully removing the bulbs from the pot without disturbing the roots too much and replanting in the ground at the same depth as they were in the pot. A bulb will take this move at this time (unhappily) but it will survive more often than not. Bulbs are quite resilient and you should succeed.

The key to next year's flower though is to get that sunlight and food into the bulb so it can produce the flower bud.

Southern Gardeners

Now, I know that I get questions from those of you who live in Southern climates and you want to reflower the bulbs.

The trick here is that you can't put them outside because you don't get the 12 to 16 weeks of cold weather the bulb requires to set the bud. You have to grow the leaves in the pot until they yellow and die. Yes, you have to grow the leaves first in order to get the energy into the bulb or you won't get flowers next year.

Then you have to let the pot and bulbs dry out. You can dig them up at this time if you like and clean them off. Store them in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Twenty weeks before you want to see flowers (you have to count backwards) you want to put them into a pot and water that pot well. Then you have to get them into a cooler (like a refrigerator) for 16 weeks so they will get their cold treatment. If you put them into the freezer you will kill them.

Roughly four weeks before you want blooms, pull them out of the cooler, start watering and giving light and within a few days youÂ'll see leaves sprouting.

The you grow them and then no longer have to ask about what to do when indoor bulbs stop blooming ? LoL!

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