Thursday, February 12, 2009

Forcing

















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!

10 comments:

Dan said...

Your bulbs sure put on a show. I have never forced bulbs other then Amaryllis. I should give it a try this fall when the bulbs are available.

I don't think there is anything wrong with planting the daff's low in the pot when forcing them. Any that I have picked up at the store have been planted low.

ps, you might want to edit your date on this post so you move to the top of peoples blog rolls. I was looking to see if you had a new post after your comment on my blog and you are way at the bottom.

The Organic Gardener said...

Thanks Dan for letting me know about the posting date...I will deffinatly fix that. but I am glad to know that you were looking! You should try forcing, it is a lot of fun.

~Zach

tina said...

I'd say it was a very good job. I have been trying my hand at crocuses my husband bought me for Christmas. They have sprouted-a month ago-but nothing more:( Yours look great! Good luck on midterms!

Dan said...

Your welcome Zach.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Your bulbs bloomed beautifully. I did not put mine into the cold for two weeks and they turned out very bad. Just have not done well with the whole forcing bulbs experience this winter :)
Your look so great!
Lona

Roses and Lilacs said...

I always mean to buy a few extras in the fall to grow inside. Didn't remember again this winter.

Yours did very well. It is nice to have spring blooms inside during the harsh winters. Hope you do well on the midterms.
Marnie

Msrobin said...

Daffodils are one of my all time favorite flowers. I can't wait for mine to sprout!

Zach said...

Tina:

Thanks for your wonderful comment. I guess, looking back, they did turn out. and I need the good luck.

Hocking hill:
I sure your bulbs will do well next year. did you put yours in the fridge or somewhere else?

Marnie:
Thank, I need all the luck I can get

Robin:
I too love daffodils, I can see the tops of mine coming out of the ground!

Parsec said...

Great shots of those bulbs! I agree...it's always nice to have color in the winter. Almost every year I grow amaryllis bulbs indoors - they are incredible!

The daffodils are blooming here in California...spring is coming soon!

:)

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