I found the coolest trick ever. You have to try this. It’s fabulous. I am so ready for spring… ready for the warmth of the sun, little green buds on the trees and the blooms of daffodils, tulips and crocus.
Somehow, time got past me and the bag of tulips that I intended to plant last fall, sat in my cold garage all winter long. Lucky me. Why, you ask? Because, as it turns out, if your tulips have been in a cool place for 11 or more weeks, you can force them to bloom in a vase. I love that.
Here’s what you need:
- A wide mouthed straight or slightly curved glass vase
- Glass marbles or a plastic footed grid from a florist.
- Bulbs that have been in a refrigerator or cold garage for 11 or more weeks.
Here’s what you do:
- Simply layer the bottom of the vase with an inch or two of marbles or plastic grid.
- Add water to just BELOW the top of the highest layer of marbles.
- Set a layer of bulbs with the wides part of the bulb resting on top the marbles. Bulbs can be touching but do not sit them on top of each other…
4. Make sure vase always has water, but do not let the bottom of the bulbs touch the water – the roots will grow to the water.
That’s it. Now sit back and watch nature do the rest. Within a day or two, little roots will sprout and make their way to the water…
The little green stems will grow each day and in 10 days or so, you’ll have a vase full of gorgeous flowers…
Here’s some I saw at the store the other day…
Mine were a fraction of the cost and I can have them year round. Don’t you love them? Stock up on some spring bulbs before they’re gone xo Amy
PS> If your garage has already warmed up, it won’t work… put the bulbs in the warmest sport of your refrigerator and try them in 8-16 weeks. I’m going to buy some bulbs to keep in the refrigerator for a breath of spring throughout the year. xo Amy