Forgot to Plant Those Spring Bulbs? It's Not Too Late!

But you better not delay! If you have a bunch of bulbs that you never got around to planting in the ground, you can still try a forcing method. Here's how...
Tulips and Daffodils require a min of 12 weeks for a rooting period. Simply place them in a pot with at least 2 inch's of soil below them. Cover with soil, water in and place in a cold, dark garage or cellar.
After the cold period is over, move the containers to a warm sunny area. They will respond to the warmer temperatures and begin to push up. This is a good time to add primrose or pansies to make these gorgeous planters come alive!
Your bulbs will bloom in 2-4 weeks after the warming period starts. For more tips on how to use this method in other ways to suit your climate and to turn these into Easter Containers, click through the link below.
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Frequently asked questions
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  • Renee Renee on Oct 11, 2018

    Do you continue to water during the winter months ?

  • Mahmoud Fatemi Mahmoud Fatemi on Sep 22, 2020

    How often should i water my bulbs in winter?

  • Ginny Maher Ginny Maher on Feb 19, 2021

    will the bulbs survive in the planters and come back next year?

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  • Lynne Lynne on Mar 25, 2016
    New question the coffee grounds I was saving in an open container for plants mildewed can I still use them, or throw away and start over?
    • Pat G Pat G on Mar 26, 2016
      @Lynne Yes. I would not use them for seed starting, but most uses should be fine. Coffee grounds are slightly acidic. I put mine in the garden for beets. Would mix them with potting soil, not just coffee grounds, for containers.
  • Lynne Lynne on Mar 27, 2016
    Thanks so much, I have a lot to learn. I won't use them until I need them on established plants. I hadn't planned on using them without soil. Thanks again. Lynne