Seeds & Bulbs

Forcing your paperwhite bulbs

I love this term for growing plants inside in the cool months. You are, after all, forcing the plants to do something they are not used to doing.

Put a layer of small stones on the bottom of your pail. Next, fill the pail with coarse, moistened potting soil mix. Plant the bulbs wide side down with the tops of the bulbs sitting just above the top of the soil. Water well and place the pail in a cool (55 to 60 degrees) place for a week. This will help the roots to grow.

Move the pail to a bright windowsill in a room that is about 70 degrees. As your paperwhites grow, rotate the pail every few days to keep the plants straight. When the buds begin to open, move your pail off the windowsill to a cooler spot. This will keep the flowers longer.

 

Forcing your amaryllis bulbs

I love this term for growing plants inside in the cool months. You are, after all, forcing the plants to do something they are not used to doing.

Put a layer of small stones on the bottom of your pail. Next, fill the pail with coarse, moistened potting soil mix. Plant with the pointed end sitting just above the soil. Place the pail in a warm room (70-75 degrees) and water for the first time. Keep the soil slightly moist until your amaryllis flowers being careful not to water the bulb nose (the part above the soil). Once it has bloomed, move your amaryllis to a cooler place. Water infrequently.

Heavy flowers may require you to stake your plant.