Caring for Potted Spring Flowers at Home
Spring arrives, and the garden centre bursts with colour! Seasonal potted flowers are like candy for our eyes after a long, dull winter. Bringing home blooming plants to celebrate a fresh new season is a joyful thing, and flowering Hydrangeas, Lilies, and more are ideal for Easter decorating at home. Get the most out of your flowers this Spring, and enjoy blooms for longer with our simple care tips.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HYDRANGEAS
• Hydrangeas prefer bright, indirect light.
• To water, remove your Hydrangea from it’s outer pot or decorative wrapping, water thoroughly, and allow all excess water to drain away. Keep soil somewhat moist, but never allow the plant to sit in water.
• Hydrangeas don’t like drafts. Keep them away from windows and doors that open often, and forced air heat vents.
• Hydrangeas for indoor use must be protected from cold. Ensure that they are wrapped covered when transporting them, and never leave them in a cold car.
• For best bloom, fertilize your Hydrangea every two weeks with a water-soluble blooming plant food.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR EASTER LILIES
• Easter lilies prefer bright, indirect light.
• To water, remove your lily from it’s outer pot or decorative wrapping, water thoroughly, and allow all excess water to drain away. Allow the soil to dry halfway before watering again.
• Protect your lily from drafts, such as doors and windows that open often, and forced air heat vents.
• To encourage long-lasting bloom, remove flowers from the plant as they fade. You may also trim away stamens (parts with yellow pollen), to avoid staining of surfaces as they fall.
• Avoid contact with pets, as Easter lilies are toxic if ingested.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR POTTED SPRING BULBS
• When not on display, keep your potted bulbs in a cool place for longest bloom.
• Water often, keeping soil moderately moist. Do not allow your plant to sit in water.
• Trim away spent flowers as they fade.
• Indoor spring bulbs can be expected to last up to 10 days. Warmer environments and direct sun will reduce the blooming time.
• When blooms are finished and foliage has yellowed, bulbs can be planted into the garden after risk of frost has passed. They will bloom the following spring in the garden!
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SPRING PLANTER
• Place your spring planter on the porch or deck, on it’s own or inserted into a decorative planter or urn.
• Keep your planter watered, allowing the soil surface to dry between waterings.
• Protect your flowers from hard frost or freezing temperatures by covering with a sheet, or keeping in a garage or shed overnight.