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  • 1. Forcing Bulbs Plant: Hyacinth Term: Forcing Flowers
  • 2. Hyacinth
    • Plant type: Interior Plant, Perennial
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9a
    • Height: 9" to 12" Spread: 3" to 5"
    • Exposure: partial shade to full sun
    • Blooms Color: Early to Mid spring, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
    • Very strong fragrance
    • Plant in fall for spring flowers
    • Keep foliage as long as possible after blooming
    • Will live for 3-5 years
  • 3. Forcing Flowers
    • Causing plants to bloom outside of their normal season
    • Flowers can be “forced” by altering their light and or temperature requirements for blooming
  • 4. Forcing Bulbs
    • Most bulbs have a 12 – 15 week cold requirement (vernalization) before they will bloom
    • Under normal conditions bulbs vernalize outdoors
    • Refrigeration can take the place of winter
    • Bulbs will bloom when returned to warm temperatures
    • Can get blooms in February instead of April
  • 5. One season
    • Bulbs that have been forced will never bloom again
    • Bulbs that grow outdoors must store enough energy in the spring when they have leaves, to reproduce and bloom again the next year
    • Don’t cut back the foliage
  • 6. Potting Bulbs
    • Put 1 – 2” soil in pot.
    • Place bulbs in spaced closely
    • Cover w/ soil to tips, but leave tips exposed
    • Water
    • Tulips – flat side out
  • 7. Planting Bulbs
    • Set the bulb at the correct depth
    • Make sure you place the bulb right side up in the hole
  • 8. Paperwhites
    • Christmas bulb
    • Do not require a cold period
    • Can grow in water only
    • Can get too tall & fall
    • Can stunt growth with alcohol
  • 9. Flowers from bulbs
    • Daffodils
    • Tulips
    • Anenome
    • Alium
    • Crocus
    • Hyacinth
    • Freesia
    • Muscari