Indoor Gardening: Planting Flower Bulbs In Glass Containers

Posted on: 22 December 2014

For centuries people have looked to flowers as a source of comfort and cheer. Unfortunately, in colder climates the winter months make it difficult for flowers to grow. If you get discouraged by the lack of foliage in winter, there is a way for you to enjoy the colorful blossoms provided by your favorite flower year round.

The solution is simple; plant flower bulbs in glass containers:

Gather The Right Supplies

In order to successfully force bulbs in the winter, you will need access to the right supplies. A tall glass vase is the best container for two reasons: first, the clear glass allows you to easily monitor water levels, and second, the taller sides will help support your blossoms as the bulb begins to bloom.

For planting material you can use small pebbles, glass marbles, or small stones. Your planting material just needs to hold the bulb in place.

If Necessary, Chill Your Bulbs

Since many bulbs are designed to bloom after lengthy periods of cold, you will need to chill some of the bulbs you plant in order to simulate winter. Experts suggest that you chill bulbs at a temperature between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your refrigerator crisping drawers provide the perfect climate for chilling flower bulbs, provided you keep the bulbs away from any fruits that might be in your fridge. Fruit emits ethylene gas as it ripens, and this gas can damage delicate bulbs. The length of time you need to chill your bulbs varies based on the variety, but most bulbs require between 6 and 14 weeks to bloom properly.

Keep Your Bulbs In Bloom

Once your bulbs begin to bloom, you can prolong their beauty by following a few simple guidelines. First, be sure to remove the bulbs from direct sunlight as soon as flower buds begin to appear. Most bulbs don't appreciate direct sunlight, and too much sun can shorten the amount of time your bulbs are in bloom.

Next, add a small dose of liquid fertilizer to your water when buds emerge. This fertilizer will provide the nutrients your bulb requires to continue blooming. Finally, avoid over-watering. You want your bulb's roots to have access to water, but you shouldn't soak the bulb when it is in bloom. Following these guidelines will ensure that your bulbs get the maximum amount of time in bloom.

Starting bulbs indoors is easy, it just requires a bit of pre-planning. By ensuring that you have the right supplies on hand, that you leave enough time for your bulbs to chill, and you follow the guidelines outlined above to keep your bulbs in bloom, you will be on your way to enjoying colorful flowers no matter what season it may be.

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