On the balcony, spring is preparing in autumn!

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As the household prepares to hibernate, it is high time to anticipate the arrival of spring on its windows. In less than an hour and for only a few euros, offer yourself now an explosion of colors in March-April … Magic? No, ultra-easy!

 

When to plant spring bulbs?

If most gardeners know, most city dwellers do not know that tulips, daffodils, snowdrops, muscaris and crocuses are planted in autumn. Nicknamed “bulbs of spring”, these flowers are bought in the form of bulbs (like onions) in gardening and plant between October and mid-December. After a few months under the ground without watering or special care, they timidly point the tip of a green stem at the end of the winter and offer us a real colorful fireworks in the early spring.

“I plant bulbs in my planters every year, explains Caroline, 32-year-old city-dweller, and every time I let myself be surprised by their flowering.The planting lasts only a few minutes and after we have plenty of time to forget them … and then in March, when we despair of seeing the spring arrive, what happiness to see the tulips and daffodils flourish! It does not last long, but I love to make bouquets for the house … ”

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Which bulbs to choose for its window sills?

In the apartment, the spring bulbs are planted in pots or planters on the balcony or window sill. Beginners usually like to start with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses or muscaris, but there’s nothing stopping you from starting planting more unusual bulbs such as fritillaries, dog teeth or garlic. Bulgaria! Most spring bulbs prefer sunny exposures, but snowdrops, crocuses and cyclamens also enjoy shade.

For a flowery planter as long as possible, choose several different varieties but limiting the hues to avoid a cacophonous effect … Choose for example a yellow and blue or red and white or choose a shades of pink or light blue. Also think about the height of your flowers, and mix small varieties such as muscaris and higher varieties such as tulips and daffodils.

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How to plant potted bulbs?

In a planter or in a pot, planting spring bulbs is a breeze … which can be done very well with your family! In a well-drained planter, ie with clay balls at the bottom and an evacuation so that the water does not stagnate, it is enough to make holes three or four centimeters deep in the ground, between the plants already installed for the fall.In the ground, gardeners use a transplanter or bulb plant, but in pots a simple soup spoon can dig in loose soil.

The bottom of the hole must be flat so as not to leave any air bubbles. Then put the bulb head up and the wider part down, and cover with soil by hand, we water slightly… And there you go!

All that remains is to go prepare your house for the winter and to forget to forget its bulbs so that the surprise is total in the spring. Good plantations!

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