Grow Spring Bulbs Indoors
Forcing bulbs indoors allows you to enjoy a spring bouquet during the dark days of winter.
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Grow Bulbs Indoors
Brighten up your home this winter by starting your own indoor bulb garden.
Step 1: Choose Your Bulbs
Daffodils, amaryllis, paperwhites and hyacinths (especially grape hyacinths) make excellent candidates for growing indoors. Keep in mind that many hyacinth varieties will need to be pre-chilled for six weeks or longer before planting.
Step 2: Inspect Bulbs
Healthy bulbs should be plump, firm and unblemished. Before buying, inspect them carefully. Reject moldy, bruised or shriveled bulbs.
Step 3: Pick a Container
Step 4: Add Gravel
Add a small amount of gravel to the bottom of each eggshell.
Step 5: Place the Bulb
Sit the bulb on top of the gravel. Add a bit of soil to help anchor the bulb and dress the eggshell with moss to help maintain moisture. Gently water your eggshell garden and place it in a sunny spot.
Step 6: Wait for the Magic
If you've forced bulbs before and experienced flowers that topple over, try this trick: mixing a little bit of alcohol in with the water will cause the flower stems to grow shorter.
Amaryllis Can Sprout Anywhere
Still not convinced forcing bulbs is an easy winter project? HGTV writer Danny Bonvissuto found a forgotten box of amaryllis bulbs sprouting inside her closet!