Hot House Flowers

The grocery store makes for an unexpected ally in beating winter’s blues. Spruce up your home with a few potted plants that you can find at the grocery store. To personalize these blooms to suit my style I slip the plants (pot and all) into decorative containers.

Hot House Flowers are a Breath of Spring

Forced Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths – The daffodils and hyacinths you buy at the grocery store can be planted in the garden after the flowers fade. Wait until the foliage dies back. I’ve not had much luck with replanting tulips because they aren’t perennial in southern gardens where springs are short. However, daffodils and hyacinths will bloom again for me the next year.


Cape Primroses– Maintain temperature around 60 degrees. Place pot on a tray of wet pebbles to provide humidity without overwatering.

photo credit: Eva Gruendemann

Hydrangeas – These big, colorful flowers are everyone’s favorite. While the plant is indoors keep the soil consistently moist and out of direct sunlight. After the last frost date in your area plant it outside in a partially shaded spot.


Orchids – Watering orchids can be tricky and varies depending on the type or orchid and time of year. (Water more in the summer and less in the winter.) Generally a good rule is to water every five to 12 days. Avoid wetting the leaves when watering. Dab excess water off leaves.


8 Responses to Hot House Flowers

  1. franki says:

    Primroses make me smile…AND…mine “stay alive and bloom” in our flower bed…some are 10 years old! franki

  2. Lana Manis says:

    Thanks for the hydrangea tip! I hope to add some to our yard this year. They are gorgeous, old-fashioned bushes!

  3. Sandy B says:

    Can I use my pup-up greenhouse over my new tulip bed to speed them along? I live in MI and the winter seems like it will stay forever.

  4. Barbara says:

    The flowers are all good but I particularly love the pot in which you have planted the orchid. Just perfect.

  5. Jim Jenkins says:

    P Allen: WHY would you recommend a grocery store for potted plants?? You should recommend an Independent Garden Center or Nursery. Garden Centers and Nurseries are for plants, grocery stores are for food and indoor items. Most grocery stores do a very poor job with plants and use them as a loss leader. Saw some wonderful pictures of frozen herb and vegetable plants with ICICLES on them from a Kroger store the other day! Independent Garden Centers and Nurseries use plants to make a living and survive. You would think a a fourth-generation nurseryman and horticulturalist such as you would understand this.

  6. Kathleen S. Eckler says:

    I like the idea of using your own pots to slip the store bought ones into. I have a lot of pots to pick from so I am going to give it try if it ever warms up here in Ohio so I can go out buy a tulip or a hyacinth. But, we have been having bone-chilling wether and a lot of snow here in Ohio. I guess it is cabin fever,


  7. Kathy Moss says:

    I need some advise for my orchids. There are several of the root-like stems growing out of the pot. Does that mean that I need to re-pot in a larger pot, cut off the stray roots, or just poke them down into the pot. If re-potting is suggested, what kind of material do I use? Bark? Obviously, I know nothing about orchids! Thank you for the help?

  8. Some of us live in rural areas and do not have a Garden Center within 50 miles that would have a decent (or any) selection of hot house grown florals. But I do have a couple of local grocery stores who have loads of gorgeous potted flowers, even forsythia branches. I did try potting up and growing my own forced bulbs this year, but failed miserably. I’m glad to know you can plant out the forced dafs. Thanks for the lovely photos and tips!

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