Planting Bulbs for Gifts - Knowledgebase Question

San Jacinto, CA
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Question by nquast
November 15, 1997
I want to make gift planters for Christmas but was wondering if the bulbs would flower at this time of year.

Answer from NGA
November 15, 1997
Bulbs can be forced to bloom at almost any time year, but it takes lots of advance planning. Spring-blooming bulbs must be chilled for a period in your 'fridge or they won't bloom. Daffodils, crocus, and grape hyacinth require 10-12 weeks of chilling after being planted in pots. Tulips do better with 12-14 weeks. I'm afraid your gift planters won't bloom for Christmas, but don't abandon your idea. Paperwhite Narcissus (available in white and shades of yellow), tiny daffodil-like bulbs that don't require chilling, are readily available from many nurseries and catalogs at this time of year. They should bloom in time for the holiday.

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