How to Plant Bulbs Indoors


Flower bulbs usually are associated with the spring, but they can be planted indoors in the fall for winter flowers. Flowers as diverse as tulips, narcissus (daffodils), hyacinths, crocus, scillas, grape hyacinths and lily are capable of indoor winter flowering, according to the University of Minnesota. Using high quality, certified bulbs, it is not impossible to see winter flowers spread throughout the home.

Step 1

Fill a planter with potting soil, leaving about 1/2 inch of space from the soil to the lip of the pot.

Step 2

Plant the bulbs with the 'nose' exposed, leaving about 1 inch of space between bulbs. Plant forced bulbs closely together. A 6-inch pot can hold five bulbs.

Step 3

Water the bulbs so that the soil is moist.

Step 4

Place the pot in a place such as a garage, cellar or refrigerator vegetable drawer, with temperatures of 35 to 48 degrees F. Water the bulbs once a week to keep the soil moist for about eight weeks.

Step 5

Remove the pot from the cool area and place in an area with temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees F. This tricks the bulb into believing it is spring. The bulbs will sprout. Flowers will follow within three to four weeks. Move the bulbs into direct sunlight after the flowers appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Certified bulbs
  • Pot
  • Refrigerator
  • Potting soil
  • Clay pots


  • University of Missouri Extension: Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Beauty in Winter
  • Oregon State University Extension Service: Plant Bulbs Indoors
  • Clemson University Extension: Forcing Bulbs Indoors
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