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How to Force Tulip Bulbs (or make people think you did)

How to force bulbs

 

 

 

I am ready for gardening season! Just one problem… It’s March and I live in Michigan. The snow is melting but there’s still several feet sitting on top of my garden beds. So if I want to be growing any flowers right now, it’s going to have to be indoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forcing tulip bulbs really isn’t that difficult, and if you want to do it the right way, the instructions are very nearly the same. Here’s the thing, finding tulip bulbs this time of year really isn’t that easy. Tulips need to be planted in the fall, so in the fall they can be found just about anywhere. In the late winter or spring it’s a different story. Sure, I could have ordered some online but honestly, any time I have ordered any sort of plant life it has arrived in pretty bad condition. So I decided to fake it using pre-planted tulips. Yep, generic, paper-wrapped, grocery store tulips.

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Here's what you'll need:

*Pre-planted tulips (try to pick ones that haven't opened yet)

*Clear Vase

*Decorative rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Place a layer of rocks in the bottom of the glass vase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remove the bulbs from the pot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very gently seperate each bulb.  You will end up removing a substanial portion of the roots, which is okay, but remember to be VERY GENTLE and retain as much root as you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then rinse the dirt off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once all of the bulbs are cleaned and ready,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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place each bulb on top of the layer of rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You want the bulbs to all sit about even with one another, and you want to try and get the roots to sit down into the rocks a bit more.  It will take a bit of manipulating but it doesn't need to be perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then add some more rocks in between the bulbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add water to the bottom of the vase.  You want the water to just barely touch the bottom of the bulbs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You will need to be a bit more vigilant to make sure they don't run out of water,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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but otherwise, just sit back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and enjoy your beautiful flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mine are almost ready to fully open up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to force tulip bulbs

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