The Q&A Archives: forcing bulbs indoors

Question: I have always been successful with growing bulbs inside until this yr. Although the stems are about 10 inches high there are no signs of buds and it is unlikely they will bloom. I can't recall the exact name of the bulbs, but they are in the daffodil family. I would appreciate any suggestions as to what might be the problem. Thank you.

Answer: Since you have lots of experience forcing bulbs indoors you certainly know what they need to perform. There are only two reasons - well, maybe three reasons - a bulb won't bloom. First is immaturity. If the bulbs were on the small side, they may not be mature enough to bloom. But, good care until the tops die down naturally will give them the energy they need to bloom next year. The second most common reason for non-blooming is lack of winter chill; the third reason has to do with care in the field before the bulbs are harvested and packaged for sale. If the foliage was cut from the bulbs while it was still green, the bulbs would not have the opportunity to store energy for the following year's flower display. So, even if they do not bloom this year you can give them good care while they're growing. After the tops die down you can dig and store the bulbs for forcing next year.

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