Answer: The term "forcing" refers to the practice of bringing spring-flowering bulbs (or trees or shrubs or perennials) into bloom indoors in winter. The procedure consists of manipulating temperatures and light conditions to simulate the period of cold neededby these plants for their annual rest period, then awakening them earlier than they would wake by themselves if they were outdoors. Bulbs can be grown in water but, in the process, will exhaust themselves and must be discarded. All bulbs do better when "forced" in soil. Then they can be fed and saved for outdoor planting in the fall.
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