Taking care of your Easter plants

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Easter is one of the most colorful times of the year for plants, but how do we keep them looking great?  Master Gardener, the Green Thumb Guru Ed Sourdiffe showed us tips.

Easter Plant Tips:

  • When selecting an Easter plant for yourself or as a gift. Make sure the plant isn’t already in full bloom, that it still has buds left. This will ensure a long bloom life for the plant when you get it.
  • Remember if the Easter plant is something like tulips from a bulb, or a house plant the general rule of thumb is to keep the plants soil just slightly moist not too dry or too soggy.
  • When watering a holiday plant always check the wrapping around the pot for leftover water. If water is pooled at the bottom empty out the water. If the water isn’t removed it will cause the plant to drown and the roots to rot.
  • If you get a traditional Spring type of plant, such as tulips, daffodils or hyacinth, keep them in a cooler room or area of the room to make them last longer.
  • Spring type plants, such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and primrose, can all be saved for the garden.
  • When choosing a good Easter Lily, look for healthy green foliage and some plump buds which will open in a few days and some smaller buds which will open after that. Also, remove the yellow anthers in the flower, to keep the flower longer and so as not to stain the delicate white petals.

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