Instructions for Rapid-Bloom Bulbs
For best results, plant your bulbs within a few days after delivery. If you need to delay planting, open the package to provide ventilation and store the bulbs in a cool, dry and dark location. Bulbs should not be stored close to fruit, which gives off ethylene gas that can harm the embryonic flowers inside the bulbs.Growing Bulbs in Soil
- Choose a planting container with drainage holes. If you are using a container without drainage holes, put a one-inch layer of small stones in the bottom of the container before adding the planting mix.
- Select a commercial planting mix that contains some peat, perlite and/or vermiculite. Do not use regular garden soil. If the soil in the container doesn’t drain well, the bulbs may rot before they have a chance to bloom. Fill your container 2/3 full of planting mix.
- Plant bulbs so their tips are pointing up and are level with the top of your pot. Use as many bulbs as will fi t in the container, placing them close together, but without touching one another or the sides of the pot. Add planting mix around the bulbs, leaving the tips of the bulbs exposed. Water the soil thoroughly.
- Place the pots in a cool room in bright, indirect sunlight. As the foliage and fl owers grow, turn the pot daily to keep the stems from leaning toward the light. Bulbs grow best in cool temperatures (55 to 65 degrees F). At higher temperatures, the bulbs may not develop properly, and fl owers will fade more quickly.
(For Crocus, Hyacinth and Narcissus)
- Select one or more forcing vases or glass jars with a constricted neck.
- Rinse the roots with water to remove any soil.
- Fill each vase up to its neck with water and place a bulb on top, root end down. Water should just barely touch or be just below the bulb’s base. Do not allow any part of the bulb to be submerged in water or rotting may occur.
- Place the vases in a cool room (55 to 65 degrees F) in bright, indirect sunlight. Be sure to check the vase frequently to maintain the water level and to keep the water fresh. As the foliage and fl owers grow, turn the vase daily to keep the stems from leaning toward the light. Once fl owers open, keep them as cool as possible to prolong bloom.
NOTE: Forcing bulbs indoors depletes their energy reserves. For this reason, most forced bulbs will not produce fl owers the following year. If you want to try your luck at getting the tulips, hyacinths and crocus to rebloom outdoors, continue to water and fertilize them until the foliage withers. Cut back foliage and store bulbs in a cool, dry, dark place. Replant the bulbs outdoors in the spring.