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Forcing Bulbs

For sure I am not the only one that finds himself selecting all these nice bulbs in fall with the best intentions to get them planted before snow falls. The fall seems way too short and winter comes way too fast and the result is that the bulbs are still in their pretty packaging and didn’t make it into the ground on time. Why not this year turn the bad feelings of not having planted those poor bulbs, into an exciting early spring success indoors.

Gardenland Garden Centres Talks About Forcing Bulbs

Here is how:

  • The bulbs have to be healthy without any soft spots.
  • If you are not going to plant them immediately and the bulbs are not pre-chilled then be sure store them in a cool place or the refrigerator for 12 weeks or longer. The temperature must remain below 8° C (48° F) but above freezing (2°-4°C or 35°-40° F is recommended). Total darkness is best, but if you are chilling the bulbs in the refrigerator don’t worry about the light coming on when you open the door.
  • Choose pots with good drainage.
  • To plant them in a larger pots thy should have all the same bloom time.
  • Fill the pot with good-quality, indoor potting soil, leaving a few centimetres at the top.
  • Plant the bulbs close to the edge of the pot so the leaves will later drap outward.
  • Don’t plant the bulbs too close that they touch. If one rots it otherwise might affect the rest.
  • Cover the bulbs with just enough soil so that the noses show and water thoroughly.
  • Place the pots in a dark, cold room. Check the pots every two weeks to make sure the soil is still moist, but not wet.
  • After about 12 to 16 weeks (or when you see shoots two to three centimetres above the soil), place the pot in a warm room with bright, indirect light. Once you see flower buds, move the pot to
  • a full sun location.

Note: Too much warmth—especially at night—will lead to lanky, floppy stems, and blooms will tip over.


  1. lynda

    Hello! Thank you for your blog on how to get the bulbs started, that didnt make it to the garden in time. I am a novice gardener!!! I was so proud of myself this spring, when I actually had tulips grow! I had to bring them to everyone’s attention when they came over. I was very pleased!!! :D
    I am excited for this year’s new bulbs for next spring blooms. So to clarify, regarding planting bulbs in this manner (remember I’m a complete novice!! lol!), should the pots be only a few inches in depth? I still don’t know what I am planting (?), maybe crocus? I hear they are easy?! ;) I have a large garden on each side of the front door to my house,and each has two teirs.. The way I’m starting off- it’s going to take 20yrs to complete! :0

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