Indoor Bulb Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by danube01
January 13, 1998
I would like to plant tulips and daffodils in flower pots indoors. Any tips you could give me on how to go about this will be greatly appreciated.

Answer from NGA
January 13, 1998
Forcing bulbs for indoor flowering is a long process, but a rewarding one. Begin in September or October, as soon as bulbs are available on the market. Use containers with drainage holes on the bottom and place 3 to 5 bulbs per container in regular potting soil. Cover bulbs almost completely with potting soil and then place the container in a cool (35F), dark place (such as an unheated basement or your fridge) for 8-10 weeks. This gives the bulbs a chance to develop a good root system. When green shoots begin to develop, bring the container into a lighted room and water well. Flowering should take place 3 - 6 weeks later. The blooms will last longer if they are kept in a cool room.

Here are some approximate forcing times for several bulb varieties:
Daffodil - 12-16 weeks, Crocus - 14 weeks, Grape hyacinth - 18 weeks, Hyacinth - 10-12 weeks, Tulip - 8-10 weeks.

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