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I will be facilitating a community group for adults with COPD with restricted mobility from January.  I thought some potting up type gardening might be a pleasant and useful activity.  Which bulbs/plants can we plant in individual pots in January for them to take home (possibly on public transport so nothing too large or heavy)? Any other ideas very welcome too! 



  • january is too late to plant bulbs. but primroses or viola / pansies / cyclamen would work well

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    You could do hyacinth bulbs for indoor flowering - they would do so around March if planted in Jan. They smell delicious. 

  • arneilarneil Posts: 275

    I find the scent of hyacinths too strong for anyone with breathing problems , my middle Daughter calls them poison plants

  • Thanks for your replies and note taken of the hyacinth smell!  How about garlic planting? Would this be ok at this time of year?

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Yes definitely, half submerge the bulb in soil and leave the top half above level. I don't find them too strong but I guess it depends on the person image  to me it's just like a natural fresh spring scent. 

  • NewbNewb Posts: 211

    You could also sow seeds of some easy hardy annuals like snapdragon or calendula. 

  • Sadly I've not been able to grow hyacinths indoors since acquiring my OH ... although he is not now 'asthmatic' he used an inhaler in his teens and if we have hyacinths indoors he has breathing problems.  Paperwhite narcissi do the same thing.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Corms of Anemone Coronaria de Caen are cheap and easy to come by and if planted in January will flower in the summer .They can be grown indoors or out, if your participants have a garden.No perfume to these, but lovely colours. Cultural advice here:

    Or you could try Acidanthera, though they won't flower till late summer. Pretty though, and again they are scented.

    Last edited: 29 November 2016 21:25:51

  • Once again thank you all for your input, it has helped me greatly especially with reference to the breathing aspect of aromas. 

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