If you followed our steps on how to plant a Lasagna Bulb Garden, you may be wondering..."What do I do now?!?" Whether you have your planter outside in a protected area or in a garage or cold basement, keep reading to find out how to care for your early spring planter.
Why do I have yellow leaves?
If the planters are in a dark environment, you are likely seeing some yellow leaves, similar to those below. Yellow leaves early in the growing process are nothing to worry about. Once they are outside catching some rays, they will green up in no time. The leaves are just lacking chlorophyll since light is not available.
Where do I put the lasagna planter?
If your planter is indoors right now, find a protected area to move it to outside. It is best to gradually introduce it to Mother Nature. If the temperatures are above 25, the planter can stay outside at night. During the first week, if there is a drastic cold snap, it is best to bring the planter inside for the night. As you are taking the planter outside, it is best to introduce the planter gradually into sun. The first day outside, it is okay to leave in a shady area, and through the week, it is best to move into more sunlight. Too quick of a move to full sun could cause sunburn to the leaves.
If your planter is already outside in a protected area, check to see if you have growth. If you do, it is safe to start moving the bulb garden into more sun.
Ideally once the leaves start to poke out of the potting mix, it is best to have the bulb garden growing in full sun. This will allow for the best flower display. If you want the final location of your planter to be in shade, it is safe to move it to a shadier location once you see flower buds.
How much water does it need?
Spring can often be a wet season, so depending on the year, you may not need to water the bulbs much. Allow the soil to dry between each watering, and remember to water the container thoroughly if it needs it. This will allow the water to reach all of the bulbs in the Lasagna Planter. At Culver's we recommend skipping the fertilizer on early spring bulbs, since this will end up forcing out blooms quicker than straight water.
What do I do after the lasagna garden is done blooming?
Once your planter is done blooming, you can put it in a discreet area to allow the stems and leaves to die back. Make sure to leave the stems and leaves until they are completely brown (tan) and can be pulled off the bulb easily. This process is necessary for the bulb to store up energy for the next year's blooms.
After this, you can plant the bulbs in your garden (make sure to plant at the correct depth) or repeat the process and keep the lasagna garden in tact for the following spring.
Enjoy and leave any questions below!