Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Bloom: Even 'Brownthumbers' Can Do It


Article by: Tom Schneider

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Choosing Your Bulbs

Most of our common hardy outdoor , Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) 'White Ball' bulbs are candidates for forcing: Tulips, , Fast, Biologically Active, Highly-Efficient, No-Turn Composting-Really! Crocus, Daffodils, Amaryllis, Paperwhite Narcissus, Muscari, Miniature Iris and Hyacinths. Select only top quality bulbs , Hibiscus Tea that are large and heavy for their size and are not soft or moldy. If you're not going to pot , Get your Garden Cooking with Friable Soil right away store them in a mesh onion-like or a ventilated paper bag in your basement , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening or the refrigerator crisper, any place , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed where the temperature , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor stays below 65 degrees and the humidity is fairly high. And this is important: Never refrigerate bulbs , Soil Erosion Control with fruit. , Beware of Toxic Mulch The ethylene gas , Get your Garden Cooking with Friable Soil produced by ripening fruits , Colour in the Garden destroys the bulb's flowering , Hibiscus Tea potential. (By the way, never store them in the freezer.)

It's a Timing Thing

First check your calendar. Most bulbs , Ticks require 10 to 14 weeks in temperatures , Beware of Toxic Mulch below 48 degrees. This is their rooting period and it is absolutely essential if you expect flowers. , Annuals For Shade The actual forcing, 2 to 4 weeks at around 60 degrees, follows the cooling stage.

Potting 'Em Up

Use clean pots , African Violet Care with drainage holes. The depth varies according to the size bulb , Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) 'White Ball' you're forcing. You'll need 2 inches of soil , Invisible Fences below the bulb , Ticks in a container large enough for the bulb , Common Landscape Design Features to be even with the rim when planted. Use a good soilless potting mixture and don't worry about fertilizer, all the bulb , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? requires is contained inside. , Tips for a Bulb-o-licious Garden

Place 2 inches of the mix in the pot, , How To Divide Bulbs For Bigger Gardens then set your bulbs. , Soil Erosion Control Mass them in, even touching each other is fine. Bulbs , Get your Garden Cooking with Friable Soil are very friendly and love a party. But don't combine different kinds of bulbs , Annuals For Shade because they have various cooling requirements.

Finish filling the pot, , Planning Your Patio Garden firming the soil , Garden Pond Liners around the bulbs, , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening then water , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening well to settle the soil. , How to Extend Your Living Space Outdoors - Working with Color And don't forget to include a label with the kind of bulb, , Abatement Failure and Aborting Protocols the planting date and the day you want to take it out of storage.

Remember that bulbs , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed will flower , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment about 2 to 4 weeks after being brought into warmer temps. So from the actual planting to flowering, , Water Gardens - How To Build A Pond ballpark it at 15 weeks.

Place the containers in a refrigerator, a cool spot in the basement, , Get your Garden Cooking with Friable Soil a root , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond cellar (like there are many of those left), a crawl space, cold , Dutch Tulips frame, or better yet, outside , Cyclamen if it stays below 45 degrees and does not freeze. Freezing doesn't harm bulbs , Vegetable Growing for Beginners in the ground, of course, but it will slow down your forcing schedule.

The Forcing

When you take the bulbs , Cyclamen out of storage into warmth and light, , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment the growth of leaves and flowers , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond is triggered. First transfer the pots , Invisible Fences to a place , Growing Orchids as House Plants with indirect sunlight and 60 degree temps for a week or two.

When the shoots are 4-6 inches tall, move the pots , Fences to a bright, sunny window , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? to stimulate the flowering , Invisible Fences process. 68 degrees or so and lots of sunshine produce the best flowers. , Growing Orchids as House Plants When the buds , Vegetable Growing for Beginners show color , Colour in the Garden move the pots , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? to indirect light , Sheltering Butterflies in Your Garden so the flowers , Colour in the Garden last longer. If the flowers , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed are coming on too fast, slow things down by moving the pot , Planning Your Patio Garden out of the light , Ticks and into a cooler area.

During the forcing, keep the soil , Backpack Blowers moist.

Once a bulb , Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) 'White Ball' is forced throw it away. It may rebloom but it'll take a couple of years.

And that's it. Pretty easy, huh? All it takes is patience.

The Schedule

This timetable may help you plan , Growing Orchids as House ts but these are only guidelines. Bulbs, , Sheltering Butterflies in Your Garden like most plants, , Making a Splash with Water Features in the Garden can't read. In all cases the bulbs , Backpack Blowers must be well rooted before forcing.

To flower , Hibiscus Tea in January, plant , Invisible Fences in September or early October.

Planting in mid-October will produce flowers , Colour in the Garden in February and a late October or early November planting means flowers , Backpack Blowers in late winter. , Easy Hypertufa Planters

The Easiest Bulbs , African Violet Care to Force

Paperwhite Narcissus is very popular, easy and grows , African Violet Care in sand , How To Divide Bulbs For Bigger Gardens or gravel. , Ticks They are also available pre-cooled.

Amaryllis are Christmas plants , Colour in the Garden and require no cooling, but plant , Hibiscus Tea in early November for holiday flowers. , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities

Crocus will flower , Easy Hypertufa Planters after a 12-14 week rooting period and grow , Soil Erosion Control in gravel , How Vacuum Formed Molds Are Made and water. , Garden Pond Liners

Hyacinth require only 12 weeks and are easily forced in special 'hyacinth' vases with only water. , Why Gardening is Better

Muscari need about 16 weeks and should be jammed together in the pot , Beware of Toxic Mulch for the best show.

Iris reticulata are easy, needing about 15 weeks and excellent drainage.

Tulips must have at least 15 weeks. When planting tulips , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment put the flat , Water Gardens - How To Build A Pond side facing the pot , Sheltering Butterflies in Your Garden rim. That way the large outer leaves will drape over the edge and not detract from the flowers. , Ticks

Daffodils require 12-14 weeks and lots of strong, bright light , Are You New To Organic Gardening during forcing. Try the miniature varieties for the best results.
When horticulturist Tom Schneider isn't puttering in his garden , Hammocks - Relax in a Hammock Bed, Chair, or Swing he is helping his wife, Deb, with their online , Cyclamen machine embroidery design , Easy Hypertufa Planters business, Windstar Embroidery. Visit Tom and Deb for embroidered gifts and quality machine embroidery designs. , Backpack Blowers

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