As all of you who know me well, I love tulips! Last autumn when I was ordering my tulips for the garden I decided to order some to try to force into flower for an early vase……………
…….and it worked!
I placed 25 bulbs in the fridge when they arrived and left them there for some weeks (I wish I remembered exactly how many weeks) and them planted them up and left them outside for a while and then brought them into the greenhouse before Christmas.
I have been watching and waiting, I won’t say patiently, until last week I saw the buds beginning to push up between the leaves. I cut some them on Friday and brought them into the warm house and today they are in a vase, especially for Cathy at Rambling in the garden who challenges us each Monday to find material from our gardens to bring into the house to enjoy.
I’m not so sure about the shape of the vase but I didn’t have the shape I wanted. Note to self – buy more vases!
Thank you Cathy for hosting and thinking up this meme because I’m sure that without you I wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of planting these to force. This is half of those I planted I will wait a few more days before picking the other half .
Now all I have to do is remember the exact timings and perhaps I can have weeks of early tulips next year – gardening is always about next year isn’t it?
Do visit Cathy to see what she and others have found this week.
Do any of you have any experience of forcing tulips, have you ever tried. I’d love to know if there is a a specific time for chilling. If they were as reliable as Paperwhites I’d fill every spare inch of the greenhouse with tulips!