Growing Beautiful Tulips Indoors: 5 Tips on How to Force Tulip Bulbs

I love tulips because, to me, they signal the beginning of spring. And they come in a variety of colors. As a matter of fact, you can find tulips in almost any color. Did you know that tulip petals can be used as substitutes for onions in many recipes?

1. Select the right variety of tulip to force

Some of the best Tulips for forcing are found within the species Tulipa Humilis, Triumph Tulips, Single Early Tulips, and Double Early Tulips.

2. Only force firm and healthy tulip bulbs

Make sure your bulbs are big, firm, and healthy but not soft.

3. Select a container that has the right size with good drainage.

Make sure your container can support the growing tulip bulbs. The pot should have drainage holes in the bottom in order to hold enough moisture without rotting the roots.

4. Chill your tulip bulbs for 12 to 16 Weeks

Purchase tulip bulbs in early fall and prepare them for forcing. Place bulbs into a container, filled with quality potting soil, with the pointed end facing up. Chill your bulbs in a dark and cool area with an average temperature between 35 to 45 degrees F (you could use the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer). Water lightly about once a week.

5. Move the chilled bulbs to a warmer area

Once leaves appear, place your bulbs in a bright room that receives indirect light, with an average temperature of 50 to 65 degrees F. Keep them in the room for about two weeks.

Move the pot to a warmer location once the bulb shoots get to 2 inches. Expect them to flower within a week or so.

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