Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wow, I have not posted in nearly one whole month, that is terrible! I have been so busy with school and work. I have midterms this week, and life has been so hectic. I actually wrote this 3 weeks ago, just never attached pictures to it, so I never posted it. Well Here it it.
I have been hearing a lot about other people's experiences with forcing bulbs. Well, I didn't do one this year, but did do one last year. Boy, was that fun. There are many joys that come when you force a bulb, whether with a kit or not. When the weather is gray and bleak, like today, and you absolutely need some rays of sunshine; there is no better way to get it than with bringing some spring into you house in winter. And forcing really is not all that hard, trust me. There are many kits out there that you can buy, and they will grow all sorts of this, from the classic Paperwhite Narcissus to the modern Amaryllis. From easy to a bit more challenging, there are all degrees of difficulty to try.
Instead of buying a kit from the store, I decided to simply plant my own. I planted mixed daffodils that came in a bag from Loews(I think). Being my first time doing it, I know that I messed it up royally. First I buried them the recommended five to six inches, but this past year, I have seen people putting them so that only half the bulb is visible. I think I might of had the wrong variety for this. Any way, they did eventually come up, after I took them out of the refrigerator . Most bulbs that are going to be forced to be chilled in some soil in the refrigerator for a minimum of six months.
Here are my results. Not bad for my first go at, if I do say so myself. Happy Gardening....or not gardening...I don't know.
Robin also wrote about forcing here is her Link!