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jmorth
Feb 14, 2018 9:36 PM CST
Started with over 40 pots to force, mostly daffodils and tulips. I have a refrigerator in the basement dedicated to forcing; they wouldn't all fit in there. The overflow were placed in totes and stuck in a covered stairwell that connects basement to outside. Totes are then covered with rugs and blankets.
I've been utilizing both methods for years and encountered no problems, until this year. Got too compliant and lazy. When long spells of very cold, below 0 nights happen, I'd heretofore moved the totes inside basement door and recover (insulate against warmth) until temps not so arctic, usually a few days, then back to covered stairwell.
This year that's happened 3 times. The first time everything looked fine, lot of growth above and below. They were mainly covered in rugs. The 2nd time, when checked, to my horror many pot's soil was hard as a rock, like an ice rock, frozen. Plant top growth looked ok but I sustained some fear regarding their viability. I took those pots out of the cold totes and into the refrigerator figuring they'd thaw out gently.
Concurrently, the pots in refrig seemed to be shooting their stems up too quickly. To counter that, placement in a colder environment works. So I turned the temp in refrig down...I thought. Unwittingly, I turned the refrig off. The bulbs in there shot up shoots faster ad taller than the space allotted to them. If removed too soon from cold treatment, blooms are compromised.
Anyway, as noted above, I took quite a few of the too cold pots and placed them in refrig (after turning it back on) and put a bunch of the too warms from refrig into the totes.
A third too cold spell happened in late Jan., early Feb. Totes moved inside. Plants therein mostly looking ok. Moved back into stairwell. Quilts thrown over rugs for better insulation. A bunch of the pots in refrig were ready to be removed from cold treatment and were placed under fluorescents in cool basement (avg. temp 55 to 60°) to allow buds to mature and open; when that occurs they get moved upstairs for our viewing pleasure. When I checked the formerly frozen soil pots, to my amazement, most were in that same state. I had my wife adjust temp in refrig warmer (not trusting myself).
So that's how things have been so far.
First forcer, Cragford bloomed yesterday. Several tulip bulbs under the fluorescents have blooms about ready.




Thumb of 2018-02-15/jmorth/d5cb3f under fluorescents


Thumb of 2018-02-15/jmorth/ec4d2a totes in stairwell


Thumb of 2018-02-15/jmorth/3f97c1 refrig

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jmorth
Feb 18, 2018 1:30 AM CST
Leen van der Mark and Jackpot - 2 Triumph tulips
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Aafke - Single Early Tulip
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(likely, heaved themselves out of alignment from one of the climactic traumas described above)

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jmorth
Feb 18, 2018 7:54 PM CST
Close up of Jackpot - Triumph tulip
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Tottori - Greigii tulip
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jmorth
Feb 19, 2018 8:46 PM CST
More Triumph tulips
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Legalily
Feb 19, 2018 9:25 PM CST
I can't even imagine the frustration but the blooms are beautiful Thumbs up
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lauriebasler
Feb 19, 2018 9:46 PM CST
That is just so much. Are the bulbs all for your own enjoyment. Whatever the intention they must be such a great site to see. Don't we all have some mishap like this every once in a while. Maybe they will all have bigger blooms than ever, and you'll start a whole new process. Thumbs up
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jmorth
Feb 19, 2018 11:33 PM CST
Pretty much.
If someone comes over I'll give them one, conversely, should we go somewhere, I''ll take em one.
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lauriebasler
Feb 20, 2018 9:41 PM CST
You are just such a neat man. I would be making you and your wife dinner, right about now every year hoping for some spring lovelies. How many years have you been doing this now J?

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Kabby
Feb 20, 2018 10:45 PM CST
I am always interested in your progress in forcing Jack. It's an adventure to see what's pulled out of the fridge next. Thumbs up
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jmorth
Feb 20, 2018 11:48 PM CST
Laurie I've been forcing bulbs for about 30 years. When we bought this place, with a basement and stairwell, the pace picked up. When we bought a new refrig 8 years ago, I inherited the old and then the forcing projects amped up accordingly.

and thanks, Kabby.
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jmorth
Feb 21, 2018 12:19 AM CST
Paperwhites
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Rest of Leen van der Mark
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Iwona
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Legalily
Feb 21, 2018 7:19 AM CST
Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Jack you make me anxious for spring Hurray!
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Nhra_20
Feb 22, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Jack, what kind of medium do you use for forcing? I have daffodil and narcissus bulbs from a winter order last year that i never got planted.
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jmorth
Feb 22, 2018 6:19 PM CST
Regular old Miracle Grow.
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jmorth
Feb 24, 2018 1:10 AM CST
Tote from stairwell brought into basement and set under lights. (6 pots)
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Not for sure who this tulip is, tag missing; brought upstairs.
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Feb 24, 2018 7:33 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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jmorth
Feb 27, 2018 1:23 AM CST
Yesterday
Another Greigii tulip
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and, another tote from stairwell empty (none left there)
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What's left in the cold:
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Today
Kaydee Thumb of 2018-02-27/jmorth/876c91

Thalia Thumb of 2018-02-27/jmorth/918130

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Feb 27, 2018 7:20 AM CST
Wow Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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jmorth
Mar 1, 2018 1:42 AM CST
Kaydee - looking fuller, better
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Velthemia - not a forcer but a winter-blooming bulb - Thumb of 2018-03-01/jmorth/419033

technically, another winter blooming bulb, Hippeastrum - Thumb of 2018-03-01/jmorth/420f28

Amaryillis from last year -
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There's 2 or 3 more from last year starting to poke up.

Paperwhites, last of 4 groups - Thumb of 2018-03-01/jmorth/67d777

View from on top Thumb of 2018-03-01/jmorth/3dadf8 of the blooming table.

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Name: Ginny G
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Mar 1, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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