Force Flowering Bulbs for Winter

The winter garden may be asleep, but you can bring spring color and scent indoors by growing preforced bulbs as houseplants.

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Daffodils: Plant and Stake

Treated miniature daffodils, such as 'Tete-a-Tete' and 'Soleil d'Or', are easy to force, but need lots of light. Plant bulbs in a pot, with the pointed tips just below the soil. Water to settle the soil. Place the pot in a sunny spot to encourage strong growth. Then wait for shoots to appear. Keep the soil moist, and support taller stems with stakes.

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Growing in Water

Forced bulbs can be grown in water alone. Special hyacinth vases hold the bulbs just above the surface, or you can use pebbles in a vase of water to create the same effect. Change the water regularly and keep it topped up, so that it always sits just below the base of the bulb.

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