Plants – Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs


Forcing bulbs: “Forcing is a technique that imitates the environmental conditions that bulbs encounter outdoors, thereby tricking them into flowering earlier.” Beginner’s Guide to Forcing Bulbs

Another way to enjoy Spring bulbs is to force Hyacinths. The same protocol applies to these bulbs, place them in a cold place for at least twelve weeks before forcing. I bring my Hyacinth bulbs into bloom by using a special vase, named quite appropriately, a Hyacinth Vase.


In my experience, the plant usually becomes top-heavy if I allow it to continue growing in water. When the beautiful blooms open their bulk causes the bulb to topple out of the vase. To counteract this problem I have begun planting the bulb in dirt when it nears bloom time. This has worked very well for me. Happy Gardening!

In-depth directions on forcing bulbs can be found here: Forcing Spring Bulbs

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Plants and Plans – Bargain Bulbs

This has been my week for bargains. I stopped in a local box store Friday and found bins of bulbs that had not sold. They were almost giving them away at 75 percent off. I bought several packs to force in the Spring.

FORCING THE BULBS is not difficult. There are several ways to do this. The bulbs can be shallowly planted and kept outdoors in a cold frame. Another way is to plant and keep the bulbs in the back of the fridge. I have had success with this in the past. This year I am hoping to force some of the tulips in this way.

FORCING BULBS IN WATER is another way to bring them into bloom. I have success with this technique using hyacinth bulbs. I have never tried with tulips, but this year will give it a go. I’ll update this post in the Spring.

My bulbs in brown lunch bags getting a shot of cold air in the crisper bin of my refridgerator.