Bulbs, What You Need to Know – November 14

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM CDT

Ella Maxwell says Fall is the time to plant bulbs, or ‘force’ them, for Spring flowering. You can ‘force’ Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and many more. The miracle of the chilling process allows bulbs to bloom come Spring. The bulbs are essentially compressed leaves, and the bulbs need 2-4 months of ‘forcing’ to be able to bloom properly. The ‘forcing’ is placing the bulbs in soil, watering them well and then placing them in a refrigerator or inside a Styrofoam-insulated box in the garage. After pulling them out of your cool place, they will need bright light and watering for about two weeks before flowering.