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How to Plant Your Autumn Flower Bulbs Indoors

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Traditionally autumn flower bulbs are planted outside, but if you’re living in an apartment and don’t want to miss out, it is totally possible to grow certain varieties indoors and see them thrive (if you know the best practices). It’s also a beautiful way to add colour to your home, and as an added extra, you’ll see the health benefits!

What Autumn Flower Bulbs Can Thrive Indoors?

Amaryllis and Narcissus (Paperwhites) make two excellent candidates for growing indoors. Both of these bulbs have fantastic potential if planted correctly, and when they bloom, they will add a pop of vibrant colour to your interior.

How Do You Plant Bulbs Indoors for Optimum Success?

These flower bulbs bring a different aesthetic to your home depending on which one you choose and will require a distinct level of care at the beginning of the process.

I’ve outlined the planting processes below to see which method suits you and your interior best:


It is relatively easy to grow Amaryllis bulbs indoors and ultimately worth it as the pastel-coloured thick stems, dark leaves, and contrasting colours create a very aesthetically pleasing addition to your home.

  1. Amaryllis like to feel cosy in their pots, so find a container around 5-6cm wider than the bulb.

  2. Secondly, these bulbs will thrive if they’re well-drained; therefore, make sure you pick a pot that has excellent drainage and then add a crock.

  3. When planting the bulbs, make sure a third of them is above the soil line.

  4. After you’ve planted the bulbs, place them in a dark room, and water them sparingly on a daily basis until you see roots begin to grow.

  5. After the roots have begun growing, move the container to a brighter environment. Amaryllis bulbs thrive from a sunny and warm atmosphere so, if you can perhaps shelve them near a radiator, they will flourish even better.

  6. If you have chosen to grow your bulbs in a bowl with pebbles, make sure the water doesn’t cover more than a third of the bulb.

Narcissus (Paperwhites)

These bulbs grow slightly different from amaryllis so, you don’t even need to use soil. A shallow bowl or even a mason jar with stones will do.

  1. Find a pot, bowl, or jar that is approximately 7-10cm deep and doesn’t have drainage to place your Narcissus bulbs in.

  2. Next, find some small pebbles or stones (whatever works with your interior) and fill your container with these.

  3. Add the bulbs into your container by pressing them down into the rocks or pebbles, and add enough water to cover the bottom of the bulbs.

  4. Keep the bulbs in a cool room with little to no sunlight until the shoots begin to grow.

  5. Finally, once they have started to sprout, move your container to somewhere bright (but not direct sunlight) and enjoy!

The Benefits to Having Flower Bulbs in Your Home

Planting autumn flower bulbs is a calming project that lets you escape daily stresses, surround yourself with nature, and leaves you feeling accomplished. But there are also so many health benefits backed by studies. These include:

  1. Lowering your stress and anxiety levels

  2. Improving productivity (perfect if you are still WFH)

  3. Boosting your pain tolerance

  4. Reducing fatigue

And, let’s not forget how these flowers will add an extra touch of beauty to your home.

Let us know down in the comments which flower bulbs did you go for. If you enjoyed this article, go on pin it to your Pinterest Board. Because sharing is caring. :)

How to grow autumn flower bulbs indoors

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Thanks for reading!


Pieter Rotteveel at DutchGrown.





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