People who love gardening, always boast about how lovely and vibrant their gardens are, with lush green grass across the lawns and gorgeous flowers blooming all year round. Now this may be true for people who live in the warmer parts of the world, but for folks who aren't so lucky, can't say the same.
If you are one of those who long to see the beautiful and fragrant flowers that blossom only during spring, make their presence felt in winters as well, this is some helpful information about growing bulbs indoors. You can grow bulbs inside your home, if you follow certain guidelines. Are you excited to learn this concept in detail? Then keep reading.
Forcing Bulbs to Grow Indoors
You can even ask necessary questions about forcing specific bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, or even daffodils, indoors. This way, you will have more knowledge as to how a particular bulb is grown indoors; perhaps you require a special kit, which includes pots, bulbs, and detailed instructions.
So your next question would be, 'When should I start forcing the bulbs in order to enjoy them during the chilly months?' Now, if you want these bulbs to bloom during the month of December, then start forcing them in the beginning of August.
Choosing the Right Technique to Force Bulbs
It might come as a surprise, but growing bulbs indoors has more than one method. You can choose the old-fashioned method of potting the bulbs in the soil, try your hand at water forcing, or force them in pebbles and water.
- Add potting mix in with the bulbs. Based on the pot size, you can add 3-5 bulbs at a time. Make sure to pot them at even distance so they don't hinder each other's growth.
- The amount of potting mix added into each pot is about ⅔ full. After you've placed the bulbs, fill the pot with more soil. The top of the bulb can remain exposed or covered.
- For the next 2 months, we need to keep the pots buried outside in the garden. After this period, the bulbs will be ready for forcing indoors. Find an appropriate location to keep them where the temperature stays between 50ºF to 60ºF.
- If the temperature goes higher than this, the leaves will grow too big for being indoors. After you begin to see the stalks of flowers, you can keep the bulbs in warm temperature.
- Fill the glass with water till the neck, and place the bulb on it's wide opening. Here, you need to be very careful that the bulb doesn't touch the water from the bottom.
- So make sure there is at least ⅛'' of gap between the bottom of the bulb and the water surface. Place the hyacinth glass in a cool, dark place, where it doesn't get any sunlight.
- Let the bulb stay there for approximately 4-5 weeks. After this time has passed, you can bring the bulb inside and begin to force it furthermore. What this water forcing technique does is help develop the root of the bulb to grow properly.
- For pebbles, you can use colorful stones and gravel for decoration. The different colors of pebbles makes the plantation attractive.
- While potting the bulbs, ensure that the bottom of the bulbs are properly secured inside the stones, as you don't want them to move about inside. Add water into the glass bowl and stop before it touches the bottom of bulbs.
- When the roots begin to grow, they will do so inside the water. That is our goal; to grow the roots in the water but not let the bottom of the bulbs touch it.
- For next 4-6 weeks, keep the bowl where there's no sunlight at all, preferably in the dark. After this, you can keep the bowl in warm temperature which will force the flowers to bloom.
As mentioned before, different bulbs have few special growing requirements. Which is why, it is wise to research and learn about the bulbs you wish to force in your home. When you follow the proper care and growing instructions, the chilly months will surely pass with the fragrance from these blossoms.