Bulbs forum: [...forcing tulip bulbs. Am I doing it right?]

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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Dec 24, 2012 9:21 AM CST
Hey guys, I have forced some Darwin Hybrid and Queen of the night Tulip bulbs. I have no idea if it has worked properly.
The bulbs were put in the refrigerator for around 2 months and then I planted them outside in pots. The roots started growing and then the green tip emerged from the top of the bulbs. So I brought them inside, and their green shoots have been getting taller everyday. I have read that this is going to take 8-10 weeks to bloom now. Is this correct?
Also, here are a few pictures of them. Let me know what you think!

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jmorth
Dec 27, 2012 8:45 AM CST
I usually put potted bulbs in refrigerator for 3 months; once out, they usually bloom within a couple of weeks.
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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Dec 28, 2012 12:48 PM CST
I will keep you guys updated on their progress here. Please feel free to show me your forced bulbs so we can compare growth progress! :D
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 13, 2013 11:33 PM CST
Here's my forcers -Thumb of 2013-01-14/jmorth/d24128
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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 14, 2013 4:02 AM CST
There are so many there! Wowzers! Which plants are they? Mine are doing well, here they are today!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 14, 2013 9:05 AM CST
I'm forcing some bulbs too. I'm thinking the crocus will bloom 4-5 weeks when I move it from the cool garage to indoors under lights. How long do you think it will take the dwarf tulips? I need them to be in full bloom for April 12. Should I put them under lights Mid-February?
central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 14, 2013 7:00 PM CST
It's recommended that Crocus receive 15 weeks cold treatment, after brought inside (keep below 60°) should bloom in 2 - 3 weeks.

The above fridge has 12 pots of tulips (single early, single double, and Triumphs), 9 of daffodils (miniatures, short stature, early to mid bloom), 3 dwarf iris, 2 muscari, and 1 scilla. Also, 5 hyacinths in water.
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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

Sempervivums Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Roses Bulbs Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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PiaLouiseSourvi
May 24, 2013 11:29 PM CST
I messed mine up and they died! Oh dear! Maybe try bulbs at their normal time before learning how to force them. Crawl before you walk. Lesson Learned for me Big Grin
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central Illinois
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jmorth
May 26, 2013 9:46 PM CST
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some forcers from refrigerator earlier this year
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