At last years Philly Flower Show I was enthralled with a Hyacinth named ‘Woodstock’. It had a deeply purple/plum color that I couldn’t resist, so as all plant nuts do, I tracked it down and over ordered. Oops. So what’s a girl to do with a glut of bulbs? Force a few of course.
Hyacinths must be one of the easiest bulbs to force (forcing is coaxing them into blooming at an earlier time than they normally would bloom by placing them someplace cold for a period of time and then bringing them out before they would normally bloom). This is the first year though that I have chilled my own bulbs, so it’s a fun little twist on winter gardening for me. It’s always fun to experiment!
The first step of course was chilling the bulbs for several weeks. Hyacinths like a solid period of cold, I gave mine 12 weeks in the vegetable drawer in an old onion bag I had kept. My biggest challenge with this was keeping my husband from tossing them. He assumed they were a petrified specimen of something I had left for too long (honestly, he’s usually right, but I pointed out to him these weren’t moldy). Once they had wallowed in my fridge for the appointed time, I pulled them out and potted them as you normally would.
I gave them a couple inches of soil beneath their roots.
And topped up with a bit of moss… I always think it covers a multitude of sins, don’t you?
They’re watered and sitting in a sunny spot. They should be blooming in just a few weeks and perfuming my kitchen. It’s a happy, early spring gardening treat…
And here is a link to one of my favorite sources for flower bulbs… Happy shopping and dreams of spring!