Deep purple hyacinth. Tiny yellow crocus petals. Bright white paperwhite blossoms. If you find yourself dreaming of spring flowers, grab some garden gloves and fancy pots and bring those dreams to life.
Bulbs of flowering plants such as hyacinth, grape hyacinth, amaryllis, and crocus can be tricked into flowering early. Before planting an indoor garden of potted bulbs, make sure to buy precooled bulbs.
When planting the bulbs, put them in pea gravel, small stones and keep them close together but not touching. Leave at least the tip of the bulb peeking out of the planting medium. Give them enough water to soak their roots only.
Some bulbs, like tulips, have a flat spot. The large outer leaves will usually grow from this side. Plant the bulb with the flat spot toward the outside of the pot. When the stem and blossom appear, the larger leaves will drape over the edge of the pot.
Once the plants have started to grow, bring them into a warm, bright spot in the house. You can encourage your bulbs to have longer stems by keeping them in absolute darkness until their flowers begin to open.
Some bulbs to try this winter:
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