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jmorth
Mar 12, 2016 1:22 PM CST
End of February (27th) started - 1st up a daffodil, Winter Waltz (w/ last of 4 paperwhites groups forced on marbles in water) -
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Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/bb58bfWinter Waltz Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/a2738e


General Kolher (heirloom double hyacinth) Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/fac733very fragrant Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/b0df8b


Orange Comet (shorter one) and Red Devon


X-mas Orange and Suncatcher Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/6f0a8a Suncatcher Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/34332e


Spellbinder (this one evolves a lot as it matures) Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/aa1dd6


Taking on white highlights Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/d5a4cf difference twix 1st yellow then white and yellow


Red Devon Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/98bc99 rim really going towards the red-orange Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/1385cf


Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/dfd3f5 Spellbinder and Suncatcher duo

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jmorth
Mar 12, 2016 4:10 PM CST
Here's where the cultivars spent their cold, dark periods -

Refrigerator dedicated to over winter forcing projects - Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/6a1e69


Thumb of 2016-03-12/jmorth/2a5699 Covered stairwell from outside to basement...blankets and rugs thrown over totes. This location is actually the easier one. The potted bulbs in lid covered totes maintain their own just right humidity for their whole length of stay; the refrigerator pots needs monitored and often watered.

As they near the time to move them out of their cold periods, they are moved to a fluorescent bank of lights in the cool basement, this helps them stand tall (sometimes) and for bud development, at bloom time, moved upstairs to enjoy.
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Cem9165
Mar 13, 2016 6:45 AM CST
Fantastic @jmorth! What a wonderful way to get to see spring blooms early. You've got this method down to a science!
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jmorth
Mar 13, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Thanks Annette, and thanks for the acorn!
More forcers coming soon.
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Name: Annette
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Mar 13, 2016 2:22 PM CST
You're welcome j, your blooms are beautiful!
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jmorth
Mar 13, 2016 11:18 PM CST
Recent additions -

Pipit - Thumb of 2016-03-14/jmorth/082f2b


Sabatini - Thumb of 2016-03-14/jmorth/ffbd09 Thumb of 2016-03-14/jmorth/c41d25

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jmorth
Mar 14, 2016 5:47 PM CST
Group Photo from 3-3-16
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Kabby
Mar 14, 2016 6:26 PM CST
Thank you so much for sharing. I appreciate your efforts and letting us see the results. Smiling
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jmorth
Mar 14, 2016 6:55 PM CST
My pleasure.
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jmorth
Mar 15, 2016 12:18 AM CST
Sabatini - shows the white halo that developed w/ age.

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Kabby
Mar 15, 2016 10:40 AM CST
J what do you do with your bulbs after you force and the foliage has died down etc? I have daffs, muscari, and hyacinths. I think I'll just toss the tulips. Doesn't forcing take the oomph out of them and they wouldn't bloom the next year if I planted in the ground? Confused
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jmorth
Mar 15, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Daffodils - most years I leave them in their pots; after bloom, and let sunshine from a basement window shine on them till they expire; then, taken to garage where I may, or maynot extract them and put in meshed bags till fall, then, into the garden. Success rate is very high. Sometimes I don't have/take time to re-p[ant, those are discarded. However, there's some out there right now (forced last year) , both potted and de-potted that are w/ green shoots, not sure of their fate yet.
(Missed last fall - 1st pic; put in used medium - 2nd pic; 3rd pic - still in last year's pot.)
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Muscari - oft extracted, stored, and planted into garden. I haven't been forcing these lately. Sucess rate for garden bound ones is pretty good.

Hyacinths - same, good success rate, may take a couple years to bloom outside after forced (especially those forced in water on marbles).
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Time ran out to get into ground last fall.

Tulips - discarded, the bulb usually splits into 4 very small bulblets.
Pic of bulb that was a discarded bulb, subsequently covered up w/ yard waste that bloomed the following year and the year following that. I think they were of the cultivar 'Mickey Mouse'.
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Kabby
Mar 15, 2016 3:06 PM CST
Thank you so much! I will probably plant everything except the hyacinth, I don't have a spot for them right now and may order more in the fall. Your experience is much appreciated. Looking forward to more photos of your blooms! Smiling
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jmorth
Mar 16, 2016 9:37 PM CST
Menelik - heirloom from 1911, considered rare by Old House Gardens
capable of deep indigo purple shades to black
Named after the last Ethiopian Emperor said to be descended from the union of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon in biblical / ancient times. Menelik II died before WW I. He was highly regarded by his subjects and world leaders.

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jmorth
Mar 17, 2016 9:10 PM CST
Gipsy Queen - very fragrant
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jmorth
Mar 17, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Pipit
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William
Mar 18, 2016 12:24 PM CST
A super collection of forced bulbs, a lot of work, but of course a lot of joy as well. Thanks for sharing, they all look very happy!!!

I really love 'Gipsy Queen' for it's wonderful warm apricot color. My own aren't very healthy as they are in a bed where I have some health issues with hyacinths, but if they die out I'll replace them. They are a must for me and it really is a very special color, especially for a spring bulb.

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jmorth
Mar 18, 2016 12:50 PM CST
Thanks William, there's probably more than dozen left, over 6 on the basement table waiting for the bud, 6 in the basement refrigerator. Those in the refrig from a 2nd buy in mid Dec. from Brent and Becky's half price end of season sale.
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Mar 18, 2016 2:44 PM CST
Jack your General Kohler is it the bluest hyacinth that you have grown? I'm thinking about red and white hyacinth for my husband's football team and Gipsy Queen and a blue hyacinth for my team. I wonder how Deflt Blue compares to General Kohler.
Suggestions are welcome!
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jmorth
Mar 18, 2016 10:29 PM CST
I think Deft Blue has a more purplish tint. Gen. Kohler is more sky blue and, in my estimation, as blue as blue can get.
There are a lot of 'blue' hyacinthus available out there, Blue Jacket, Chicago, Crystal Palace, Peter Stuyvesant...

Odysseus is similar to Gipsy Queen in color though darker.
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