How to grow spring bulbs indoors in the winter

how to grow spring bulbs indoors

I decided to try my hand at forcing bulbs indoor to remind myself that Spring is just around the corner.  Only 51 more days you know!  So I started researching on You Tube and Pinterest to see what I needed to do.  Can’t be all that difficult can it?  I quickly discovered that I should have started the project about 6 weeks ago.  Did you know that you have to put the bulbs in your refrigerator for six weeks before you force them?!

Remember my New Year’s resolution about being honest with myself?  Well, I don’t have much patience when it comes to anything DIY or crafty.  Six weeks?  Are you kidding me?  So I started to look for ways to cheat my way into spring bulbs.  Luckily, I found someone like minded on Pinterest.  Check out the “They will never know I cheated bulb forcing!”

how to grow spring bulbs indoors

What you will need:

  1. Glass vase – bought mine at the Dollar Store
  2. River rocks or glass beads- bought mine at the Dollar Store
  3. Spring bulbs: Tulips, Paper Whites, daffodils

Here is where you cheat.  Go to the grocery store and buy a pot of your favourite spring bulbs.  Just make sure they haven’t started blooming yet.

how to grow spring bulbs indoors

All the men in my house thought I was growing onions.

What to do:

  1. Lay a small layer of rocks/beads on the bottom of the vase.
  2. Gently remove the bulbs from the pot, trying not to tear the roots.  Separate each bulb.
  3. Rinse off any soil on the roots under cool water.
  4. Trim the roots to two inches long.
  5. Place bulbs on top of rocks/beads and cover the roots with remaining rocks/beads without covering the bulbs.  You only want the roots covered.
  6. Fill vase with water only, allowing the water to come just at the base of the bulbs.  You do not want to cover the bulbs in water; only the roots.
  7. Leave in a sunny place for about a week and voila!

Shhhhh…no one needs to know.

how to grow spring bulbs indoors

Do you find the easy way out when it comes to DIY or crafts?  What are you favourite spring flowers?  How are you ‘Thinking Spring”?