Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Dirt: forcing bulbs for holiday color

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Even though we barely waved goodbye to summer, you know what happens once we hit September… our lives get even busier and the holidays are here before we even know it. This year, I’m planning ahead. I want to give gifts of beautiful paper white narcissus and red amaryllis. I am also envisioning a beautiful blooming centerpiece.

P_100630990We always think of bulbs as a spring flower but you can cheat nature by forcing the bulbs. All you have to do is have them hibernate a little earlier and then depending on when you wake them up you’ll have fall and winter blooms.

IMG_8604-Bicolor-tulipsParrot tulips are perfect for the holidays and if you plant tulips in September, you should have blooms around the holidays. Tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, and daffodils can take from 10-20 weeks from planting to blooming. Paper white narcissus takes only 6-8 weeks.

Small-lilly-flowers_300Whether it’s forcing bulbs, growing fall edibles or adding fall color to your garden, you can find all the information on the Find beauty in the Fall site. Based on your region, you can select your Fall gardening project.  Whether you want to force holiday bulbs, plant fall or winter edibles or add color, you can find all the information on Miracle-Gro.

To get my bulbs going, I’ll use Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. It’s a lightweight potting soil – perfect for my project.

I can't wait to get started on my bulbs and then create pretty gifts like these.

For more information, visit the Find beauty in the Fall site or "like" the Miracle-Gro Facebook page where you can talk with fellow gardeners and share stories.

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  1. Beautiful!I think your blog is very inspiring, i enjoyed reading it. Lets follow each other!

  2. I love this idea its so beautiful! If it wasnt for all the evergreen trees we have here where I live I would simply die in the winter from the blandness!

    <3 Bethany @

  3. I love papre whites for holiday decor. They are just so beautiful.

  4. Love this! I may have to try it.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  5. Love the blooming centerpiece idea. I'll have to think about trying it. :)

  6. What a wonderful idea, Carolyn ~ as always. : )

    p.s. I have been a Miracle Gro fan for years...I love their products.

  7. I looove forced bulbs displayed in glass vases. So pretty!


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