Winter can be quite dreary but wouldn’t blooming bulbs bring color and cheer? You can enjoy bulbs before spring and here is how!
This is called “forcing” when you encourage plants to bloom out of season.
Rocks, Pebbles, Marbles
Gather up your supplies. First of all, you will need a container to hold your bulbs. The type of container is totally up to you and the look you want. It could also be influenced by the type of bulb you are going to use, mainly, the size. Since I am using hyacinths, which are pretty big bulbs, I need bigger containers than I would if I was using something small like grape hyacinths.
- Bowls: Antique bowls are a fun rustic idea
- Silver: For an more fancy upscale look choose a piece of silver to hold your bulbs
- Crystal: Using Crystal will give your bulbs a romantic look
- Traditional glass: Purchase a cheap traditional glass container from the dollar store for a classic look
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- Potting soil: for a traditional woodsy feel use potting soil. Top with moss for even more of an outdoor feel
- Pea Gravel: small rocks will give you a bit of a different garden feel, more of a river or stream planting
- Colored Aquarium rock: For a bold statement, buy some pretty colored aquarium rock, maybe PINK or BLUE
- Marbles: For a fun twist, try marbles. Kids would love this choice
After you have chosen which growing medium to use and added it to your container, it is now time to plant your bulbs.
Fill the container with the potting soil. Press the bulb into the potting soil so that it is at least half way covered with soil. Dampen the soil.
Rocks, Marbles, Gravel:
Put about one inch of filler (just rocks, no dirt!) into the bottom of the container. Set the bulb into the rocks, adding water just to the bottom of the bulb.
When your forced bulbs have finished blooming, plant them outside for next year! I love that I am getting double duty out of my bulbs this way… Having a bright bouquet indoors and then that early pop of spring color outdoors for years to come.
You might also want to check out this article about Container Bulbs from The Garden Diaries.