The Q&A Archives: African daisies and hyacinth bulbs

Question: How do you winter-over african daisies? What do you do to hyacinth bulbs after you forced them to bloom indoors? Can I force bloom them again?

Answer: Gerbera, or African Daisy, can be overwintered indoors if you take them inside in late summer and place them in a sunny window. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. They won't bloom for you indoors but should bloom within a few weeks of being taken back outdoors next spring. Forced bulbs rarely flower a second time, but you can try. Allow the foliage to yellow and wither naturally, then cut away the foliage, unpot the bulbs, wipe them off and store them in a cool place with good air circulation. You can pot them up in late summer or early fall to force them a second time.

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