Growing Bulbs Indoors
In this post, I'll show you how to grow bulbs indoors by tricking them into thinking that winter has passed. Once the bulbs are spent, you can either plant them in your garden outside or toss them.
Buy your bulbs in the fall, and put them in your fridge for approximately three months. I've done this with hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and crocuses. If you look around online, you'll see some very specific suggestions for how long to keep them in the fridge and it will vary from bulb to bulb.
I don't follow any specific time frame other than roughly three months. Sometimes I forget about them and they stay in longer; sometimes I accidentally take them out a week or two early. So far it has not made a difference--all of my bulbs have flowered.
When you put bulbs in your fridge in the fall, they'll be ready to plant mid-winter, right when it's all dreary and cold outside.
Using potting soil, plant your bulbs fairly close to each other. Leave the top part sticking out of the soil. You can see that some of them are already growing a bit.
Certain bulbs, like hyacinths, may irritate your skin when you handle them, so you might want to wear gloves.
Once you've planted your bulbs, they should emerge and bloom within a few weeks. The flowers will last for a few weeks as well. Water them around twice a week or whenever they seem dry.
Hyacinths are my favorite bulb to grow indoors. They look great and smell wonderful! If you want them to flower at the same time, choose hyacinths that are all one color.
It can also be nice to have waves of different hyacinths blooming if you plant different colors together.
So there you go! Easy peasy. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
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