Forcing Anemones - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by wl7cju
November 19, 1997
How do you force anemones?

Answer from NGA
November 19, 1997
Anemones are lovely to have blooming in the house in wintertime! Ideally, they should be potted up in September. Soak tubers for 24 hours in warm water. Fill your pots with moistend, well-drained potting mix - 6 tubers should comfortably fit in a 6" pot. Plant them with the points down or sideways. Allow pots to sit in a shady place outside until light frost hits, then move them inside to a cool (40-50F) place that receives filtered light. Water sparingly until they've grown several inches tall, then begin plying them with a bit of fertilizer. They need to be kept in a cool place (no warmer than 55F) in order to perform well. I tried it once, but my apartment was too warm. They grew like grass and fell over, never to bloom.

After bloom ceases, reduce watering and allow foliage to die back. Remove bulbs and store them in a cool, dark place until the following September.

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