The Q&A Archives: Care Of A Tete A Tete

Question: I am a college student and we had a dinner where they gave out plants. I received a Tete a Tete. It has tall green shoots and at the top are little yellow flowers. They remind me of miniture daffodils. It is a flowering plant but I don't truly know whether it is a bulb or not. I was wondering how much light and water it should get? I know that isn't much to go on but if you could help me that would be great. It does say that it can be placed in the garden without a pot and so I would like to bring it home. Thank you for any help you can give me. Janet

Answer: This is in fact a small, early blooming daffodil. You should be able to plant it in the garden and enjoy it for years to come. First off, keep it in a very bright location and as cool as possible (55 degrees is ideal), and enjoy the flowers. Once the flowers fade, remove the bloom stems. Keep the foliage growing as healthy as you can, and use a water soluble fertilizer according to the label instructions. Alternatively, you could plant it outside this spring when the soil is workable. Eventually, the foliage will fade and can be trimmed off. The bulb will go dormant for the summer and can be planted in the garden in the early fall. It may take the bulbs a year to settle in before it will bloom again because the forcing process is a bit stressful on the bulb.

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