Indoor bulbs – a simple way to brighten up your home this week

At the moment it’s muddy everywhere. And grey. So imagine my delight when I spotted a little patch of bulbs growing in someone’s front garden. Snow drop, perhaps? I’m not sure. But what a welcome sight. A bright beacon in the barren January landscape.

I want a bit of that in the house too – which is looking sad now it’s been stripped of its festive finery. Bulbs are cheerful, fresh and bright. Plus, you get the pleasure of watching them grow and flower.

Now, growing your own indoor bulbs is one thing, but buying them is even easier. And pretty cheap too.I found some pots of grape hyacinths for sale outside Wilko’s – six little shoots crammed in a little pot – for £1 each.

You can put the plastic pot as it is straight into a larger planter like this one

Indoor bulbs

Or you can repot them yourself in pretty cups, bowls or pots.

Repotting indoor bulbs

A couple of hours before you start, moisten the soil. Then remove the plastic pot and ease apart the bulbs. Carefully place them into your pots (green shoots above soil level) and surround them with a little of the remaining soil and press down gently. You probably won’t need any extra soil unless you’re planting them in something much bigger than the original plastic pot.

Repotting indoor bulbs

Keep moist and finish off with a little moss (I scraped mine off the garden path!)

Repotting indoor bulbs

Sweet and simple!

You can find all sorts of bulbs in the shops and supermarkets at the moment. My favourites are little narcissi, hyacinths and these grape hyacinths. I used a vintage bowl and a small urn from my shop (which originally held a candle).

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12 thoughts on “Indoor bulbs – a simple way to brighten up your home this week

  1. Nancy Straughan

    Plants really so make such a huge difference don’t they? I’ve got lots of cacti and succulents in my living room but I’d love some fresher plants too. Can you suggest any bulbs that would work in a room that faces East?

    After a break away from Linky Parties it’s great to be back on the #HomeEtc bandwagon!

    1. marmaladepie Post author

      Hi Nancy! I’d always for the smaller bulbs like little narcissi, iris or grape hyacinths – full size hyacinths can go a little crazy trying to grow towards the light!

    1. marmaladepie Post author

      Thanks Karen! I love finding a use with those pretty scented candle containers once the candle runs out!

  2. helloitsgemma

    Am a huge fan of indoor bulbs (in fact I have a post schedule singing their praises too!!) They make such a difference to January. Loads of great tips, thank you. I usually, just stick them on the side and hope for the best.

  3. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    YES to spring and YES to bulbs! Seeing those cheery little shoots popping up through the ground REALLY puts a smile on my face!! I’m not a fan of winter at all. The only thing that is has going for it — apart from Christmas — is my birthday in January. Otherwise, I’m just not keen. But I love these. And I love seeing them indoors too 🙂 Happy new year to you lovely — here’s to another fab year of #HomeEtc Thanks so much for linking up! xx


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