Near the Christmas holidays a friend shared a few tulip bulbs with me. I placed them in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator to chill until I could get them planted. I should never have delayed because then it turned very cold and wet and well, I did not get them in the ground or even in a pot.
After seeing Christina’s lovely forced tulips this week I remembered I should do something with these bulbs. After a quick search I came across a method for forcing tulip bulbs in water and decided to try it.
The first step is to drop a few handfuls of stones in the bottom of a container. Next set the tulips on top with the pointed tip facing upwards. Fill the bottom of the dish just up to the base of the bulbs, being careful not to allow the tulips to sit in the water. Finish by adding a few more stones between the tulips.
I set the container of tulip bulbs in a cool dark room where I will leave them for several more weeks. The water level will need to be maintained evenly and the water should be changed weekly.
Have you ever heard of this technique? Is it wishful thinking?