Forced Bulbs: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day February 2010
February 15, 2010
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The bulbs that I am forcing have started to bloom. I put one hyacinth in a forcing glass into the basement on November 29th. I potted the rest up on December 5th. I brought them all up when I saw green tips emerging from the bulbs. I now realize this was too early. According to Old House Bulbs, they are supposed to have at least eight weeks of chilling to develop the gibberellic acid which allows bloom stalks to lengthen
. I was too impatient. Even though they are barely emerging from their leaves, they still smell nice and brighten my day. And here’s another odd thing: the bulb on glass was put down in the basement a week earlier, but the ones in the pot are blooming first. I wonder why?
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I also am forcing some ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ tazetta narcissus. According to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
, these are “best rooted at 50-60 degrees; then kept at 65 degrees with bottom heat of 70+ degrees to ensure bloom.” I kept mine in the basement (which is about 50 degrees F) for two or three weeks, then brought them up to the kitchen, which is usually about 70F. But they aren’t getting bottom heat. I’m glad I followed Elizabeth Licata’s advice
and planted them fairly deep inside a tall, narrow container, because the tallest flower stem is eighteen inches long and leaning against the side of the glass.
I was surprised by the small size of the flowers
The small flower on the very long stem would look pretty ridiculous to anyone not half starved for the sight of flowers. Me, I’m excited to see it blooming. How ’bout that, it actually worked!
And there's more coming!
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013