Joannabanana's blog: Forcing Bulbs

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 11:33 AM

<p>One of my favourite garden centres had a beautiful display of crocus and muscari (grape hyacinths).  They did not stratify (chill) at all.  Just planted them and put them under lights for 16 hours per day.  The muscari bloomed within 3 weeks and the crocus was about 5 weeks from planting.  The crocus has new blooms opening daily. I was a bit surprised that they bloomed without chilling for 12 to 14 weeks. I guess if you want the same bulbs to bloom for future years, you would want to stratify them, but if it is a one time thing, why bother.</p>
<p>Since I want forced bulbs to be in full bloom April 12 weekend, I plan to move them from the garage to under lights in early March.  I think I will move the dwarf tulips under light in February.  I think I planted them too deep, so I may remove some of the soil</p>
<p>Bulbs in the garage: ambient temp about 4C (39F) on the floor. Planted Dec 21</p>
<p>Jumbo Mixed Crocus</p>
<p>Chionodoxa Luciliae</p>
<p>English Bluebells<img style="float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://garden.org/pics/2013-01-16/Joannabanana/6f79a0-250.jpg" alt="2013-01-16/Joannabanana/6f79a0" width="250" height="250" /></p>
<p>Pulchella Chinese Coral Tulip (6"H Pink petals w/white underside) tagged mid spring</p>
<p>Dasystemon Tarda Tulip (4"H Yellow Petals w/ White Tips) tagged mid spring </p>

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