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Many of the plants you buy as Easter plants are actually hardy plants that can be acclimated and used in your landscape. Since the Easter holiday is a celebration of rebirth the saving and re-growing of these plants is especially appropriate.  With very little trouble you can convert many of these beautiful Easter plants into lasting flowers for years to come.

            TULIPS, DAFFODILS, HYACINTHS, CROCUS, AND OTHER BULBS:  These Easter plants are grown from hardy bulbs just like the ones you would buy in the fall and plants in the fall for flowering the following spring.  The only difference is that the Easter bulbs were planted into a pot instead of the ground.  To re-use your Easter bulbs simply cut off the spent blossoms.  Grow the remaining leaves as long as possible.  Keep the soil moist and fertilized.  After the leaves yellow and wither you should plant the bulbs in a sunny location in your yard.  Then, next spring, enjoy them again.

            EASTER LILIES:  The traditional Easter lily plant is actually a trumpet lily bulb, which is a hardy bulb in our area.  Since Easter was later in April this year, now is the time to plant these lilies so that it can use the summer months to root in well before winter.

            HYDRANGEAS:  Easter hydrangeas were beautiful this year.  The grower started producing these plants in the greenhouse during the winter.  Timing is everything in order for the grower to get these hydrangeas to bloom for Easter.  These are our beautiful, hardy hydrangeas that we enjoy in bloom in the summer.  Most hydrangeas used for Easter fall into the Hydrangea macrophylla (aka mophead, lacecap, bigleaf).  With these hydrangeas the flower buds are formed in August to fall.  Prune these hydrangeas right as the flowers begin to fade. If you were a fortunate recipient of one of these magnificent plants, and since Easter was late this year, now is a good time to find the appropriate location and plant these hydrangeas.

Posted: 4/25/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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