How to Force Bloom Flower Bulbs

Overview

In many places spring seems to come so late. For gardeners, delays can be an arduous process, slowing down or even preventing eventual flower yields. For those who wish to start a flower garden, consider forcing flower bulbs to bloom indoors.

Step 1

Fill the azalea pot 2/3 full of potting soil. Add an additional 2 tbs. of bone meal. Moisten the potting mix thoroughly.

Step 2

Press the bulbs into the soil with the pointed side facing up. Complete this task gently to avoid injuring the bulb. Three bulbs can be arranged in a single pot, but should not touch. This will ensure each bulb has enough space for proper root development.

Step 3

Cover the bulbs with a light covering of potting mix and water again. Add additional soil if the bulbs are exposed after watering.

Step 4

Place the bulbs in the refrigerator for 12 weeks.

Step 5

Once the bulbs roots are outside of the pot's drainage holes, begin adjusting them to warmer temperatures by placing them initially in the coolest area of the house and slowly moving them to warmer places.

Step 6

As the foliage emerges, avoid exposure to sunlight until it has turned green. Once the flowers are developing, set the pot in a warm, sunny place and rotate the pot 1/4 turn daily to ensure straight growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Once a bulb has been forced, it cannot be forced again. Forced bulbs will typically not bloom again for a few seasons while they regain nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Azalea pots
  • Potting soil
  • Bone meal

References

  • Forcing Hardy Spring Bulbs for Indoor Winter Blooms
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About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.