Forcing bulbs indoors is fun and so much easier to do than you might imagine. Let me show you how.
It is March people, now that January and February are behind us, we have survived the worst. This is officially the month of Spring and in a few weeks we will even have daytime saving time again. Yeah long nights, and lots of glorious light. I can’t wait. My house has been smelling of Spring all week. This is our own personal perfume maker:
A lovely large blooming hyacinth I grew on water. It’s scents wafts all around our house. It is so wonderful how one flower can set the atmosphere all on its own. This was the first year I experimented with hyacinths on water. I learned a lot about how to do it, and of course on how not to do it too! Turns out forcing bulbs inside is really easy.
Forcing bulbs indoors how to guide
First I had three…. It all started out like this back in November. Three hyacinth bulbs on hyacinth vases. Just ordinary bulbs that you could choose to plant in your garden, but I decided to try something new.
Just fill the vases up until just below the bulbs.
Then put them somewhere dark and cool, because the bulbs need a rest period before they will bloom. I put them in our basement, and then forgot about them. Bad idea because the water evaporated just a little bit and that’s why one of my bulbs didn’t grow roots. Lesson learned. Next time I will….
Check them regularly and refill the water on time.
Bring them inside after about two months when the roots have grown into the water.
The picture above is actually taken a few days too late. Early February I brought my hyacinths into the light and the warmth. The bulbs had grown roots into the water and a tiny light green sprout was growing out of the bulb.
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Place them away from direct sunlight and watch them grow up at lighting speed.
Keep checking the water level.
Within a few days that green sprout shot right up in the air and the flower became visible. The growth strength in these babies is amazing, you could almost watch it grow by the hour. I moved the bulbs to a cooler spot near a north window so I could enjoy them longer.
Sadly one of the bulbs started to fade even before the bloom had fully developed. So now there is one… One glorious hyacinth.
And in the end that is all it takes. One hyacinth and Spring has entered the house. I am loving it. Happy early Spring to you!
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.