• DIY Project ~ Save Money by Creating Your Own Fancy Potted Paperwhites & Amaryllis Bulb Gardens

    Posted on December 1, 2012 by in Bringing the garden inside, DIY home and garden craft projects, Home decor
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    Forcing bulbs is easy !

    Last weekend I took an inspiration tour through the nearby Terrain Nursery Store. What a wonderful experience for the senses: freshly cut greens, bulb plantings in gorgeous containers, lovely music playing and plants of every texture and color. But when I read a few price tags, I was quickly jettisoned back to reality! As beautiful as all these arrangements were, they were clearly not in my budget.

    So, I set out to create my own version of the Terrain bulb planting I loved that was selling for $125, for $20 or less. First, I dug out a zinc planter I bought at a yard sale this summer for just two dollars. I already had one amaryllis bulb and bought another at a discount store for four dollars. Eight paperwhite bulbs cost a dollar each, and I used potting soil and dried moss I already had on hand. A trip outside yielded the fresh moss and some colorful leaves, and I was ready to plant. You can see the directions and pictures below. My version came out looking fantastic and totaled just $ 14.00 in materials !

    Seek inspiration, then use what you have and you’ll have twice the satisfaction.

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    In 4 to 6 weeks or so this lovely moss-filled planter will have tall, lovely flowers and be a beautiful inside winter planter at the dinner table or room accent.

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    In about four weeks this holiday-themed planter will be blooming and smell fantastic!

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    Materials for potting amaryllis & paperwhites in soil : a container, the bulbs, good potting soil and moss (dried and or fresh)

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    place the amaryllis bulbs into the potting soil first

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    Set the amaryllis and paperwhites into the soil

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    Fill in with potting soil as shown

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    Top off your planter with moss ~ I used a combination of dried and fresh moss and red leaves as an accent until the flowers bloom.

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    Another variation is to pot paperwhites in stones and water : All you need ~ marble chips, a container, three paperwhite bulbs and some Dollar Store accents.

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    All you need ~ marble chips, a container, three paperwhite bulbs and some Dollar Store accents

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    Side view of the planted container, now just add water/alcohol mixture up to the bottom of the bulbs

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    Finished ~ In about three weeks these will be blooming and smell fantastic!

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