Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What is the best type of flower bulb (spring blooming) to plant with kids?

I'm in charge of the garden this year at my daughters' Kindergarten class and I need to plant some bulbs with the kids. I'd like something that will be easy to grow, show results fairly quickly and have a nice flower display when it's all said and done. Any suggestions?

What is the best type of flower bulb (spring blooming) to plant with kids?
Paper whites are wonderfully easy for a 5 or 6 year old. You chill the bulbs in a produce bin for 12-13 weeks (no apples can be near them do to a chemical gas apples emit); then you take out the bulbs submerse them in water about 1/2 way up the bulb or bulbs and they flower within 10 to 14 days. They would make a great Christmas project for children because they are one of the only flowering plants in midwinter-which sure cures the blahs! You can also plant hyacinth bulbs in a potting medium with a little bulb food thrown in (I've used red, white, and blue) then put them in the refrigerator or a cool place, and in the spring they'll be a great bloomer!
Reply:There are 25 different species of daffodils and 13,000 hybrids..

They come in a multitude of colors ranging from pale yellow to dark yellow, even some with pink/salmon.

It is the easiest flower to grow in the United States and it grows everywhere.

The best part is if you plant multiple colors the kids just love it and they are a sure bet to bloom.

Below is a link of photos in color

Reply:My favourite for children is to grow an amaryllis.

They usually even come in a kit so you will have all the materials you need.

You plant them in the soil so the bulb is mostly above the soil level.

Once the pointy stem starts to show the SHOW really begins.They grow very fast, almost like Jack's beanstalk.

You will find you can tell the progress visibly on a daily basis.I have seen the stalk grow an inch or more a day.

Once it reached it's height the blooms on the top will enlarge.

It may need a little staking as the stem can get quote heavy. And if you are lucky you will get more than 1 stem.

Each stem typically has 3 or 4 blooms and the colours are reds and pinks.

It has always been my favourite for speed.

alternatively Paperwhites and Narcissus and even crocuses are relatively easy. (paperwhites are a form of daffodil)

For narcissus you need a glass that is big enough for the bulb to sit in and probably at least 6 to 8 inches high. Put stones or marbles or such for the bulb to rest on and put water in and leave in a cool area. The roots grow down

For the paperwhites you can get a wide shallow bowl. Fill it with little rocks (or large marbles) Place the bulbs on top so they rest comfortably. Ensure the rocks or whatever take up at least 2 inches from the bottom.

Fill with enough water to just touch the base of the bulbs. Wait and just replenish the water.

It is also a good idea if you can find a couple of pieces of charcoal to incluse in the rocky base to prevent the water from stinking.

HOWEVER both of these do have extremely strong fragrances. SOmetimes a bit overpowering.

You can do the crocuses in the same way as the paperwhites.

Have fun

All these are for indoors. Unfortunately for outdoors nothing is quick, however it is fun in the spring to watch the gree shoots break through the ground.

Crocuses are almost the earliest, but there are a coupe of others that are even earlier if you can find the bulbs.

The 2 I like the most are snowdrops ( which come as single or double flowers) and winter aconite

There is also a small iris that tends to be early.As well as the "species tulips"

Have fun
Reply:I got an idea what about an amaryllis they bloom in spring and winter, they are great for decorations and can live eternally if properly cared for.

Reply:If you are in the deep south you will not get spring bulbs to bloom without putting them in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator for about 3 months. Tulips or crocus or narcissus would be good if you are in a cold area. Pssst, do not plant kids with the bulbs. ;0)
Reply:Daffodils for sure. They are easy to grow and plant, and come in many varieties, they are deer and gopher proof as well.
Reply:Tulips and Daffodils are the easiest especially with the kids helping. The bulbs are the right size for their little helping hands.

Plant the bulbs in groups of 9-12 to make a nice Spring flower display. More in a group if you want---depends on the space that you are working with.

There are so many beautiful colors and varieties that are available.

Check out the Garden Center at Home Depot or Lowe's. They have a great selection as does Walmart.

Have Fun !!! :))))
Reply:what ever bulb you want as long as you plant soon ,not yet tho about mid november ,and youll get a display this coming spring.,
Reply:Daffodils..... get several flower types and plant them in waves, (solid mass of one types).... They grow well, spread every year and naturalize nicely.

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