How to Force Tulips Indoors

For those who can never get enough of tulips or can’t wait until they spring up naturally in the garden, they can be forced indoors. To “force” a bulb means to create an environment where the bulb grows when it naturally wouldn’t. By following these steps, you can buy tulip bulbs when they’re available in fall and force them to bloom for the holidays or any time during the winter.

In general, shorter-growing varieties such as the species Tulipa humilis (or the very similar T. puchella) are the easiest to force indoors. But ‘Apricot Beauty’ is a good example of a taller variety that forces well. Select large, firm bulbs, avoiding soft smaller-sized ones, and store them in a cool place until you’re ready to force them…[READ MORE]

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