Forcing Bulbs

Paperwhite narcissi: Takes 5-6 weeks to flower. Does not require a period in the dark. Plant the bulb just below the surface in deep pots or bowls filled with bulb fibre. Make sure the compost is moist but not wet. Keep pots at a temperature below 10°C until shoots appear.

Hyacinths: Take 10-15 weeks to flower. Place in a paper bag in the fridge for 4-6 weeks or buy prepared bulbs. Plant in bulb fibre in individual pots or bowls. The bulb tip should protrude just above the soils surface. Keep pots below 10°c for 10-15 weeks until the first shoots appear.

Miniature Irises: Take 15 weeks to flower. Keep in the dark for 15 weeks at a temperature below 10°C Plant in a shallow tray or bowl filled with loam-based compost and grit.

Anemones: Take 10-12 weeks to flower. Soak corms in water for a couple of hours prior to planting. Plant 2.5cm deep in bulb fibre leaving the tips exposed. After planting, cover and chill for 6 weeks at a temperature around 5°C Keep in a cool place and water regularly and don’t let the compost dry out.

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