7 Ways to Use Easter Bulbs
Grab pots of Easter bulbs for pretty displays—indoors and out.
Wouldn’t it be nice to snap your fingers and have spring arrive on your doorstep? Pick up a few pots of forced spring bulbs, and you’ll have instant spring well in hand. Forced bulbs start sprouting in floral outlets in early spring, hitting a peak just in time for Easter.
Look for pots of tulips, hyacinths, narcissus, crocus and other spring bloomers. These bulbs sport floral finery that doesn’t need a lot of staging to steal the spotlight. For a simple Easter centerpiece, slip pots of daffodils into paper gift bags and arrange with colored eggs on a favorite serving tray. Draw inspiration from our ideas and tips for displaying Easter bulbs.
Transplant Into Bowls
Small bulbs like crocus, miniature iris or glory-of-the-snow fit neatly into favorite dishes, like these vintage thumbprint embossed bowls. Mix and match bulb blooms and bowl colors for a festive springtime show. Add a layer of river rock to the base of bowls to create a drainage area for watering. Take care not to overwater bulbs. Cover the soil surface with moss, and you won’t need to water as often.
Slip bulbs out of pots and slide the soil ball into a glass container to put roots on full display. Scilla looks smart in Weck canning jars, which are a just-right size for place setting accents at Easter dinner. Bulbs displayed out of pots need watering more often because the exposed soil dries out quickly. Dribble water gingerly onto the top of soil to avoid disintegrating the pot shape.
Lose the Pots
Design a sculptural coffee table accent that’s a simple two-step process: Slide forced daffodils out of their pots, and arrange the root balls shoulder-to-shoulder in a shallow bowl. Water plants a few hours before removing them from pots. The easiest way to water the assembled display is to pour a small amount of water into the bowl so soil can absorb it.
Stage a Grand Entrance
For a stunning outdoor display, tuck several pots of forced spring bulbs into larger containers. Easter bulbs look inviting in galvanized wall planters. For a full arrangement, place taller bulbs like daffodils in back and shorter bloomers like grape hyacinths in front.
Fill Patio Pots
Don’t underestimate the power of a monochromatic display. White tulips and Dutch hyacinths lend an elegant air to any setting. If you plan to transplant forced bulbs into patio planters, acclimate the bulbs to outdoor conditions before planting. To do this, sit bulbs outdoors for a few hours each day for three to four days prior to planting, gradually increasing the time daily. Bulbs grow best if overnight temps hover in the upper 30s or higher.
Plant Bulbs in Beds
Use pots of Easter bulbs to transform your favorite yard view into a picture-perfect spring scene by planting bulbs into existing soil. Remember to water well after planting. You can also use potted bulbs to fill in holes in existing in-ground bulb plantings. Bulbs like tulips probably won’t return next year, but Dutch and grape hyacinths, crocus, daffodils and scilla should. To improve the bulbs’ odds of returning, let leaves mature and die naturally.
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