How-To Have Beautiful Blooms Indoors
Did you know that you can force bulbs to bloom indoors? You can and it’s not hard at all.
I have been enjoying beautiful blooming flowers indoors, specifically hyacinths and tulips, for two years now. Once you get to the bud stage things progress quickly so you could easily stagger your bulbs so that you have something blooming for several weeks at a time.
I have only tried the hydroponic method so that’s what I’ll be discussing but there are other methods out there.
How-To Force Bulbs To Bloom Indoors
WaterI prefer to use hydroponic planters. These are vases that have short, narrow necks and a wide mouth. They prop the bulb up allowing the roots only to come into contact with the water . To start the growth of the roots, add water to the planter high enough up to allow contact with the root tip ONLY then place in a cool dark place for 3 to 4 weeks. The roots and growth should be about 1 inch each. At this point, place in a warm sunny spot maintaining enough water in the container to keep the roots hydrated.
You could also use a pan, bowl or wide vase filled with pebbles deep enough so that you can bury the bulbs halfway down into the pebbles with the points facing up adding water to just below the root tip.
It’s a little late in the season to pre-chill your own bulbs but you can buy them from Amazon already chilled. I have included a buying guide below with links to supplies and several different bulbs so you can customize your beautiful indoor garden.
If you will be pre-chilling bulbs on your own here is an important note – Make sure there is NO fruit in the refrigerator with your bulbs. As fruit ripens it gives off ethylene gas which can damage flowers forming inside the bulbs.
That’s it! If you are reading this in the fall stock up now on bulbs and pre-chill them using the chart above so you’ll be ready to force bulbs into beautiful blooms this spring.