We all try to rush the spring season by planting flowers outside too early or by sowing tomato seeds weeks before their time even though our moms tell us year after year to wait until Mother’s Day, or even Memorial Day. In Fort Wayne you just have to wait and watch to see what the weather will do. But Easter is really the first burst of spring that you can always count on. So many blooming plants are available at this time from bulbs; tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, to the fabulous mixed bulb gardens, which include all three. Azaleas, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and of course, lilies.

While the churches have to wait for Easter to arrive before they get their plants delivered, you can get started early. Simply go get them and bring them home. Oh, the first smells of spring, right inside of your home. When picking out your selections, try to get plants that are not over-developed from the start. These spring beauties will continue to grow and to develop right in your home, just add water. And remember that most of the time when a blooming plant is in bloom, it does not need to be fertilized. The exception to this rule would include all of the outdoor garden plants, which never stop blooming.

A quick word of caution though is to know that bulb plants and many of the other so-called “indoor” plants only have a blooming capacity of just a few weeks down to only a few days. This can be disappointing to many buyers who have the idea that blooming plants bloom forever.

Keeping your Easter plants in a very cool place can prolong the life by double or even triple their blooming expectancy. Remember that Easter plants are there so that you can get that early start that you desire but planting spring, outdoor gardens comes later—listen to mom.

The Waynedale News Staff

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