Forcing Bulbs in Winter

December 15, 2011

Here is what I do with my paper white narcissus bulbs that many of us love to grow indoors at Christmas. Put some marbles and the bulbs in the bottom of a tall clear glass vase. When they begin to grow and flower (with the most wonderful smells), the tall glass vase will keep them from toppling over like they do when planted in a shallow dish. Enjoy!


By Joanne from Fond du Lac, WI

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November 30, 2005

Nothing beats a pot of brightly colored flowers in the middle of the winter blues. Although October is typically the month when gardeners pot bulbs for forcing winter blooms, if you didn't, don't worry, it's not too late.

Forcing Bulbs

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November 15, 2004

Plan now for your holiday bulb display. You can have a dishful of paper whites a bloom in as little as four weeks.

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September 16, 2003

Dig up bulbs now for forcing during the winter. Put them in the refrigerator for about a month. Then plant them in pots and let them grow. Then they will be ready to plant for flowers at Christmas time.

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September 5, 2001

Dig up bulbs now for forcing during the winter. Put them in the refrigerator...

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March 13, 2016

My wife put together several glass vases with pebbles to grow bulbs in (tulips, daffodils, crocus, and Dutch iris). They started out well, got to the point where the flowers were about to open, then things went south. Mold started growing on the bulbs, the water became cloudy and stunk, no matter how much we changed the water it went bad in a couple of days.

She has now transferred the bulbs to soil filled pots. I really liked the look of the pebble filled vases with the bulbs showing, but can't stand the smell and they were probably going to die. How is this done without the water going bad?


August 18, 20170 found this helpful

The water has to be changed daily from the first day.

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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

You can also put an aspirin in the water

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

How often should an aspirational n be added to the water? Is that what would have caused my bulbs to mold? So far, Ive thrown 3 bulbs, but it seems to be spreading.

Thank you.

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