Garden Gift: Forced Flower Bulbs

Create a lovely garden gift by potting up amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs, for a gift that keeps on giving.
Flower Bulb Gift

Flower Bulb Gift

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Amaryllis and Paperwhites forced in pretty milk glass jars are a wonderful hostess gift.

Similar Topics:

Beautiful forced amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are a great way to bring the garden into your gift giving, and remind everyone about spring coming right around the corner. You can grab these bulbs from your local garden center, and hire the kids to help assemble the jars.

Flower Bulbs Hostess Gift

Flower Bulbs Hostess Gift

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Part of the pleasure of giving the gift of a bulb is the surprise when the flowers finally bloom. Use pebbles or river rocks to adjust flower bulbs to the perfect height.

Materials:

  • Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs 
  • Jars* 
  • Stones
  • Twine 

Directions:

Fill your jars with a handful of stones from your garden or craft store. If you use an opaque jar like I did, then something simple like gravel will work perfectly. If you choose a clear jar, then try more decorative stones like river rocks or colorful glass gems. 

Position the bulb to where about half of it is visible in the top of the jar. 

Tie a holiday ribbon or colorful twine around the top and attach a note with directions to just add water.

*I used Creamware Pint Jars from shop.pallensmith.com

Next Up

Amaryllis Bulbs

Learn the ins and outs of growing and dividing hardy amaryllis bulbs.

Foolproof Flower: Amaryllis Bulbs Bloom in the Most Unlikely Places

A gardener on HGTV has her amaryllis bulbs thrive, even forgotten in a dark closet.

Growing Amaryllis Indoors Is a Tour de Force

Tips for forcing bountiful blooms to brighten dark winter days.

Amaryllis Flowers

Give your garden a shot of spring color with the exquisite blooms of hardy amaryllis.

Take It Outside: Grow Amaryllis in Your Garden

Try these varieties when you want to bring this popular winter bloom outdoors.

How to Save and Replant Forced Seasonal Bulbs

In general, the most resilient candidates worth saving are small bulbs that naturalize or reproduce readily in the garden.

Plant a Bed of Spring Bulbs

Harbingers of spring, bulbs transform sleeping gardens into oceans of color as the seasons turn.

How to Plant Springtime Bulbs

Give your lawn and garden spaces new life with these colorful design tips for planting bulbs.

Selecting and Planting Flower Bulbs

From the purchase to maintaining them throughout the season, this simple guide to bulbs will help ensure garden success.

Grow Guide: Planting Bulbs

Gardening expert Felder Rushing offers tips on planting bulbs.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.