Many of the earliest spring flowers grow from bulbs. The bulb is a store of food that lets the plant shoot up and grow before it is warm enough for most flowers.
Only use bulbs that you can buy - never dig up bulbs that are growing wild!
What you will need to get started
- Clay pots
- Bulbs from the store
- Soil or compost
- Buy your bulbs in the fall.
- Plant them in pots of compost, or garden soil mixed with sand.
- Dampen the compost before you begin.
- Half fill the pot with soil or compost.
- Plant the bulbs with the pointed end upward.
- Leave about 1 inch between them.
- Cover them with soil until only the tips show.
- Leave the bulbs in a dark, airy place until they begin to grow.
- Don't forget about them and be sure to keep the compost damp.
- You should see the first shoots in about two months.
- Put the pots in a warm, sunny place and water them.
- Try planting pits from apples or oranges, and pits from avocados or peaches as well.
- Plant them as above, put them on a window sill, and keep them well watered.
Information provided by USDA: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/bulbs.shtml