Forcing Spring Bulbs
I, without a doubt, have spring fever.
I might even go out on a limb and say that it’s been really, really, realllyyyyyy bad for awhile now.
In fact, I would venture to say that I had spring fever beginning in … oh, I don’t know. Say, mid-January?
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking to yourself that it’s absolutely impossible for me to be sick of winter already, and how in the world can I be sick of it when I’m living in North Carolina and we barely have a winter as it is?
Am I right? Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.
It’s ok. Every one that meets me and finds out that I was born and raised in Indiana wonders how I survived 20 years of my life in that freezing tundra.
Well, I’ll tell you how:
- I wore about a hundred pairs of socks because my feet felt like they were always frostbitten.
- I rarely showered because (duh) I would get cold. P.S. I know that I wasn’t alone on this one!
- I drank a lot of hot cocoa–ok, ok. This is a lie, but it sure sounds amazing!
- I slept with 10 blankets on my bed (not joking) you can ask my mother if you don’t believe me. Scouts honor.
- I had a permanent seat in front of the wood burning stove. I’m sure my dad could even show you the exact spot that I wore out the carpet ;)
With all that being said, you know how I get over my winter blues?
I add a lot of greenery around the house (and now also in the shop!)
Last year if you remember I tried my hand at forcing gladiolus bulbs for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised with the results!
However, I never did get those babies to bloom. I do believe that I waited too long to get them into the ground. So, this year I wanted to check out (from the experts!) what I need to do. So, check out these top 10 bulbs that you should use and some fun info to go along with them!
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- Tulips: 12-16 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled (I highly recommend purchasing these Pre-chilled Pink Tulips if you’re having a hard time finding tulip bulbs in your area. Mine started growing in just a few days!)
- Daffodils: 15-17 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Crocus: 15 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Grape Hyacinth (Muscari): 13-15 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Iris: 12+ weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Snowdrop: 12-15 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Hyacinth: 12-15 weeks chilling/2-3 weeks to bloom after being chilled
- Amaryllis: no chill bulbs/blooms can vary (read label!)
- Paperwhites: no chill bulbs/3-5 weeks to bloom
- Purple Shamrock: no chill bulbs/8 weeks to bloom