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Issue #536 - September 17, 2015
Tips, Tricks and Tactics from Our Garden Professionals

Forcing Spring Bulbs

Daffodils Forcing flower bulbs for indoor blooms can be a fun hobby that will produce beautiful dividends!

Bulbs that you wish to bloom inside the home can be planted in earthenware, plastic or glass pots. Just make sure they are at least 4" deep and that the pot has a drainage hole. We also recommend using a medium potting soil.

Cold Period

To obtain a suitable result, it is absolutely necessary that the bulbs spend 13-15 weeks in a cold (approximately 48 degrees) environment. This should preferably be a dark environment, although it's not crucial. If you do not have a cool room available, the pots can be buried in the garden for the indicated length of time, provided it isn't too wet.

If you do not provide the bulbs with a sufficiently long cold period, the flowers will have short stems, while a cold period that is too long will produce plants that are too tall.

Planting

Planting times last from early September until December. The earlier you plant the bulbs, the earlier they will bloom. After the cold treatment, you should put the bulbs in a warm room. It will be another 2 to 3 weeks before the flowers will be in full bloom. Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs do not require a cold treatment and can be put in a warm location immediately after purchase.

Step-By-Step
  1. Choose a pot that will accommodate several bulbs comfortably. Place some Pro-Mix on the bottom to provide better drainage.

  2. Partially fill the pot with soil and press it down slightly. Then press the bulbs lightly into the soil. They may be allowed to almost touch one another. With tulips, arrange them so that the flat sides of their bulbs face the wall of the pot.

  3. Continue to fill the pot with soil so that the "noses" of the bulbs disappear under the soil surface. Sprinkle generously with water to encourage rooting.

  4. Provide the planted flower bulbs with the required cold period. As soon as the flower bud has emerged from the bulb, the pots can be placed in a warm location.
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