Add color to home and garden during winter by forcing bulbs

We are now on the back end of having bulbs to force in winter or early spring, starting with a number of the bulbs that need to be vernalized or, in other words, experience some of the cold temperatures that winter brings. The main reason you start earlier is the bulbs need to start setting roots.

If the bulbs don’t set roots, you will be out of luck trying to force them in the winter. If the bulbs have six weeks of 48-degree temperatures, you should be fine for the most part for root growth. One of my teacher friends at the pool told me how she taught children about growing peas in little cups, and reminded me of this propagation idea.

Tulips can be forced to bloom earlier.

Over the years I’ve forced many plants, such as bulbs, twigs and roots. When my wife and I were married we had wanted to fill the sanctuary at church with a pleasant scent. We were married on the 24th of April in 1999. I shall never forget the hyacinths that were forced to come into bloom on that date. The blooms were very colorful, and the scent filled every corner of the sanctuary.