Forcing Crocus for Winter Blooms
So I planted the last of the new Tulip bulbs in their pots. But then last year’s bulbs were sitting in a bucket and demanding, “What about us?”
As I said in an earlier post, most of the container Tulips rotted over the summer. There were some survivors, though, more often Crocus than Tulips. Maybe the Crocus got less moisture because they were closer to the surface, maybe they can just better tolerate the frequent watering.
Almost all the Crocus and a few of the Tulips had broken dormancy, with pale sprouts reaching upward. My understanding is that this is to be expected, but that the Crocus are “frozen” over winter, and the stem doesn’t break the surface of the soil until early spring.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to acquire some cheap indoor winter blooms. The survivors of summer yielded two small containers planted with bulbs for forcing. Most people say that bulbs should be chilled for 12-16 weeks. So if I count October as part of the chilling period, I can bring the containers inside by early January.
The two pots closest to the camera are my forcing pots. They’ll just chill for a couple of months. I’ll move them into the garage with the rest of the pots after Thanksgiving.
There are still a few Tulip bulbs left over – I plan to slip them into the Parkway Bed.
Are you planning to force any bulbs inside over the winter?