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”?





What is Pinterest?


What is Pinterest you say?  Before I answer that question be warned, it is addictive.  So proceed with caution.  Pinterest is a virtual inspiration bulletin board that allows you to collect and organize things and ideas you love.

Have you ever cut out pictures from decorating magazines when re-decorating your home?  Have you ever written down or clipped recipes from books or magazines?  You probably put them in a file folder or binder for future reference.  Well, Pinterest is basically the same idea, except you ‘Pin’ what you are looking for to your very own virtual idea board.

You create a variety of ‘Boards’ that will store your ideas for decorating, doing crafts with the grandkids/kids or wish lists.  It is a great way to organize your ideas if you are planning a trip, a party, a wedding or your garden.  There are ideas for virtually everything.


How do you start?

1.  Go to and sign up.  You will need an email address.

2.  Once you have your own account, start exploring.  Take a look at the top left hand corner across from the logo, PINTEREST.  You will see a small square icon and a search engine.  You can click the grey square icon and it will bring up all the different categories for you to explore.  For example:  DIY (Do it Yourself), Weddings, Food & Drink, Travel, etc.  If you want something specific, like “Make your own cards”, then you type that into the search engine and all the ‘Pins’ related to that topic will come up.

3.  The ‘Pins’ you see have been uploaded by another user.  If you like a recipe, or image, click on the image.  It will appear enlarged and in its own window.  At the top left hand corner you will see a ‘Pin it’ button.  Click the button.  Another window will appear asking you to pick a board.  Click on the ‘Create a New Board’ button and type recipes, or healthy recipes, or desserts, etc.  You get the idea.  Now you have your very own idea board for recipes.

For even more details on how to use Pinterest, check out the tutorial below.  It is only 15 minutes long and can explain it way better then I can.

Go ahead, give it a try.  Trust me you will love it and soon be hooked!  Oh, and one last thing.  This isn’t just a ladies thing, there are lots of great ideas that men would be interested in checking out too.

Be Sure to visit Active Living Zoomers Pinterest page for all things ‘Zoomer’!