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Forcing Beauty in Winter

December 14th, 2011

When I was planting all the tulips a few weeks ago, I made sure to save out four bulbs of each variety to force indoors this winter. Each variety was put in a separate bag and labeled so I know which is which. I also poked holes in the plastic bags to allow the bulbs to breathe a bit. Then all the bags went into a brown paper bag and they were laid to rest in the fridge for the next 2 months.

Come February I’ll take these bulbs out and most like force them in vases of water, I’m thinking a long row of them in a windowsill like this will be really lovely. I don’t have a ton of vases, so I’m thinking I’ll be using mason jars for forcing the bulbs. I might need to buy some river rocks for the bottoms to weigh down the jars to keep them from toppling over. I’ve also saved out a few other varities of bulbs like tiny daffodils and muscari.

When I ordered by tulips, daffodils and other bulbs, I added three different kinds of amaryllises to my order. I gave one of each kind to my mom, since she’s a big fan of amaryllises and always has them blooming around the holidays. Mine are still hanging out in their mesh bags as I’ve keep forgetting to pot them up. They’re starting to sprout though, so I must add this to my to-do list this week! This is my first attempt at forcing bulbs, so I’m kind of excited to see what happens. I’ll have to make sure to plan around a trip to Florida in March, my luck they’d all end up blooming while we’re gone!

Do you force any bulbs in your indoor garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.