Force Crocus Bulbs in Winter
Edited by Robbi, Lynn
Many of us are tired of the cold and the snow that winter holds long before it's time for that season to end.
Crocus flowers are the first to bloom in the spring after a cold winter when they have been planted outside. They herald the appearance of spring and as such, we look forward to seeing them peeking their heads through the snow when winter is nearly over.
If you're tired of the winter and you just need a little glimpse of this harbinger of spring, here is a way to force crocus bulbs in the house during the winter. Now you can get a sneak preview and enjoy the crocus flowers far before spring arrives. Here is how you can accomplish that task.
- Crocus bulbs
- Clay pots, with drainage holes and saucers (buy a size that will accommodate about four bulbs)
- Potting soil
- Cold, dark place
- Hand shovel
Directions for Forcing Crocus Bulbs
- 1If you are reusing pots, sterilize them with a mild bleach solution. New pots will not need this.Make sure all of the pots are clean.
- 2Come up to about 1 inch away from the top of the pots with the potting soil.Fill each pot with potting soil.
- 3Make sure the narrow end of the bulb is pointed towards the surface. Cover them with soil.Plant bulbs evenly spaced in the pots, and about three to four inches down in the soil.
- 4Let the pots absorb enough water to make the soil wet.Place the pots up to just below their rim in a container or sink of room temperature water.
- 5This will allow the bulbs to form roots.Set the pots on their saucers and place them in a cool dark place that stays at a temperature of 35-45 degrees F.
- 6The soil should maintain an even moisture level.Check the bulbs once or twice a week and water them if necessary.
- 7Then place the pots in a warmer sunny area that stays at about 65 degrees F, like a sunny windowsill. It will take an additional four weeks for the blooms to appear.Let the bulbs stay in the cool dark place for about 10 weeks.
- 8Clip any faded blooms off to keep your crocus blooming.Keep the crocus plants in the sunny location throughout their growth season, unless you plan to take them outside.
- 9Fertilize about once a month to ensure the roots have the proper nutrients to feed the rest of the plant.
- 10This signals that the plants are going into their dormancy period. This is the time to transfer the bulbs to a cool, dry dark location such as a cellar or basement.The plants' foliage will turn yellow at the end of their growth cycle.
- Make sure the bulbs are healthy. If they look dry and shriveled, they will not sprout and bloom correctly.
- Never reuse old pots without sterilizing them as explained above, because you could be passing on problems from old plants to the new plants.
- Use natural rainwater for the best results with crocus bulbs and other plants. Tap water can slow the growth of plants. Research has proven this a fact.
Categories : Gardening
Recent edits by: Robbi