Forcing Tulip Bulbs for Indoor Bloom

by Mystic Garden Club ~ October 28, 2007

Submitted by Barbara Rousseau

  1. Cover drainage hole of a 6” pot. Fill pot loosely with soil (one part loam, one part peat, one part sand).
  2. Place bulbs flat side out, their tops even with the rim, then add soil to the rim. The first watering will settle soil enough to provide future watering space. Water several times to be sure soil is moist.
  3. Store in a cool dark place at 35° to 50° F in a refrigerator, root cellar, unheated basement, garage or attic, or trench.
  4. Label as to content, color, and date.
  5. Write reminders on your day calendar to water and when to remove from storage to begin forcing period.
  6. At the end of 14 to 15 weeks, bring indoors. For best results, give bulbs a temperature of 60° and direct sunlight. Rotate pot regularly for uniform growth and keep evenly moist. It takes 3 or 4 weeks for bulbs to bloom. When buds begin to color, remove from direct sun.
  7. Bulbs planted on October 1st can be brought indoors around Christmas for bloom 3 or 4 weeks later, mid-October for February flowers, November for March and April flowers.

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