On Forcing Bulbs….

Bad to the phloem! It’s that time of winter where gardeners everywhere are enjoying bulbs they’ve forced- or they are forcing some right now. We all need to see a little green that isn’t Poinsettia related to remind us that spring will come.

Well, I’m not so sure about “forcing”, it’s not really my style. I think I prefer a more laissez faire approach….


No Forcing Required....


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Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens.She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

4 thoughts on “On Forcing Bulbs….

  1. Every year I force some paperwhite narcissus bulbs (usually ‘Ziva’, sometimes ‘Inbal’ as well). I start the first batch on Nov. 2 or 3 and the first blooms usually show up around Thanksgiving (~ three weeks later). This year the bulbs were a lot slower to bloom and each bulb had fewer blossoms than in past years. Some bulbs are just showing buds now, nearly two months after starting them. I asked around and was told that these bulbs probably hadn’t been sold the previous year, but kept dry and sold a year later. I paid full price, and I feel cheated.

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