GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn--Susie Bachman from Bachman's shared how to create gorgeous spruce top planters, as well as how to plant paperwhites and amaryllis so you have them in time for the holidays. Here are the step-by-step instructions.
Creating gorgeous spruce top planters - the temperatures have cooled and your fall plants are looking tired, but your planters can still look fabulous all winter long.
Add soil to container or till up existing soil
Separate large tops from smaller tops
Put one large spruce top in the center and surround with smaller tops
Use assorted greens to help give the planter some different textures such as white pine,berried juniper, and oregonia (skirt with juniper)
Add colorful berry stems or accents of your choosing
Drape with deco mesh or ribbon around planter or use to make a bow.
Holiday plants - Paperwhites and amaryllis can both be easily forced into bloom without any cold treatment, but unlike amaryllis, paperwhites cannot be saved to bloom again.
Container must be at least deeper than the height of the bulbs
Space the bulbs as close as possible without touching each other or the sides of the container.
Keep the soil evenly moist. If growing in gravel, keep the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs to prevent rotting.
Grow in a bright indirect light.
Paperwhites like a cooler (60-65 degrees) location.
The larger the bulb the more flower stalks and the larger the flowers will be
Choose a pot approximately 2 inches larger in diameter than the bulbs and several inches deeper (A 6" clay pot would comfortably fit a 4" bulb)
Place the bulb in the soil so that the neck of the bulb is exposed and firm the soil.
Amaryllis prefer warm soil to get started. Use rich well-drained soil and moisten it with lukewarm water.
After the initial moistening, you won't need to water for 2 weeks or until you see active new growth.
Once new growth is initiated, start watering regularly to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
While in bloom, they will need little or no water.
Grow in bright indirect light
Remove flower stalks after the blooms fade