The snow is melting, flowers are springing up and the birds are singing. Spring is in the air, and with it comes Easter. Among the more popular gifts to give loved ones for Easter is a potted indoor plant. These plants are force bloomed in greenhouses during the winter to be at the peak of its beauty just in time for this spring holiday.
Lilium longiflorum is a native plant of the Ryukyu Islands, which are part of Japan. Most bulbs are grown and exported from 10 specialty farms along the U.S. West Coast. The main cultivator Easter lily is the "Nellie White" variety, which possesses large trumpet-shaped flowers. This bloom was invented by James White and named after his wife.
Tulips are classic indoor potted plants that can be transferred to the outdoors for many more years of beauty. They can be forced for early spring blooms by planting the bulbs in pots and refrigerating them for three weeks. Care for your tulip plants indoors after the chilling period and they should bloom by Easter.
Narcissus jonquilla grow best in pots, as opposed to outdoor growth. These bright yellow, fragrant blossoms are an Easter hallmark that originated in Spain and Portugal. Named after the Greek mythological character Narcissus, these lovely yellow blooms are modernly associated with the Netherlands. In fact, there is a farm in Lisse called Keukenhof that boasts 70 acres of tulips and daffodils every spring and opens their doors to the public. If you live in a climate with cold winters, daffodil bulbs can be transplanted outdoors and will return each year in the spring.