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How to Grow Tulips and Other Perennials in Glass Jars in Your Home All Year

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Last year for Easter I purchased some tulips for my mom that I had grown in a glass jar with no dirt. I thought it was so amazing, you could watch the tulips grow from the bulbs. The tulips cost about $15 and I thought to myself, I can grow these tulips myself much cheaper next year. I am always trying to find ways to save money. It should be cheaper to buy these tulips since you don't have to pay for the dirt to grow the tulips in.

Yesterday, while shopping at Wal-Mart I found tulip bulbs on sale in the home and garden section. For 18 tulip bulbs the cost was 2$ and for 9 tulip bulbs the cost was .75 cents. Wal-Mart also had purple, red and pink tulip bulbs. They also sold daffodils bulbs

Forcing tulips and or other perennials to grow is fairly easy to do in your home in glass jars or in other containers such as pots, canning jars or even an Easter basket.


How to Prepare The Bulbs

In my glass vases I placed stones in the bottom. Put enough water in the vase to cover the stones. Next, I placed as many bulbs that would fit in the vase on top of the stones with the pointed end of the bulb up. Make sure there is not too much water in the vase or your bulb will rot. Tulip bulbs do not like too much water.

Tulips can be grown at any time of the year when grown in glass jars providing they spent 8 to 10 weeks hibernating in your refrigerator. Flowers make great gifts. I have about 10 jars growing now in vases and canning jars. I plan on starting more every week to assure some will be ready by Easter.

Enjoy Your Tulips Anytime

You can start forcing tulips in October to bloom by Christmas. On average, tulips need at least 12 to 16 weeks to bloom if started in September or October, but only 8 to 10 weeks if started in December. Remember, your tulips must have the 6 to 8 week dormant time to grow flowers otherwise you will only have leaves.

Tulip Bulbs

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Evie on March 19, 2020:

How do I take care of tulip bulbs rooted in glass vase in water, after finished blooming?

Jo adkins on January 10, 2020:

What or when is the diffentence dormant time hibemating in refrigeration n how do u do this

Sally Blackwood on October 11, 2018:

I read that they need to be in refrigerated 8 to 10 weeks. Then, I read tulips need 6 to 8 weeks dormant time to grow flowers. What is done with them during dormant time?

Katheryn Roberts on April 22, 2018:

I find the idea fascinating and plan on starting with a few bulbs. What I would like to ask is how do you prevent the water from turning bad. Thank you so much.

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Carol Davis on March 13, 2018:

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After they bloom what do you do?

kmackey32 (author) from Pittsburgh PA on February 19, 2018:

I would keep in clean

Priscilla on February 14, 2018:

Does the water need to be changed and kept clean? Mine is growing algae.

Sheri on January 29, 2018:

Can you keep the tulips in the glass jar after they bloom , to bloom again? The article says year around blooms, just wondering how that works?

Bette Boston on May 20, 2017:

Just love the idea of growing plans in jars..l love all kinds of flowers & veggies.

I love this idea as well on April 06, 2017:

After the bulbs finish their flowering do you then plant them outside and wait for a spring "show"?

Dar on February 22, 2017:

Where do you place the bulbs in the refidgerator (crisper, top shelf, etc) and do you place them in a container or something.

Karen Crothers on February 19, 2017:

I am wanting to grow some bulbs to force for our church's annual dinner and auction on April 8th. Where can I get some bulbs for forcing? Do you sell just 6 or so bulbs to do this?

Vicky on September 09, 2016:

I do this for Christmas! It makes for fun & different gifts!

Shawn wood on April 18, 2016:

What do u do with bulbs after they bloom?

Paula on March 26, 2016:

After the blooms have died do you thrown the bulbs out, or will they bloom again?

Kathy on March 11, 2016:

I purchased the same tulips in the glass jar two weeks ago from Costco. They have fully bloomed and are now dead. How can I save the bulbs to plant in the ground?

kmackey32 (author) from Pittsburgh PA on February 23, 2016:

You can put as many stones in as you like. No don't take the stones out. The roots need something to hold onto. After the bulbs have been in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 weeks, you plant them and let them grow. Don't place them back in the refrigerator.

Letici Tapia on January 09, 2016:

So do you take the stones off after they've done growing? The first picture has no stones and the second is pretty full of them.

Jackie on January 07, 2016:

So when you buy the bulbs you placed them in the refrigerator for 8-10 weeks, then plant them and then place them back to the refrigeerator?

MJ on October 22, 2015:

do you have to refrigerate tulip bulbs before planting in stones and water?

Nedra Amys on September 27, 2015:

Really need to know how long it takes the tulips to bloom would love to do this for my daughter's wedding next April and can the tulips be in the freezer from now til next April!!!!!!

Barbara on July 26, 2015:

This is fabulous. I can't wait to try it.

Rose on June 23, 2015:

do you put the jar after planting the bulbs back in the fridge. For 8 to 10 weeks? Thank you

Niranjana on June 23, 2015:

from where can we have tulips bulbs? only in u.s.?What is the price for each bulb?Add Your Comment...

Meg on June 07, 2015:

This looks awesome! How do they grow with no soil?

kmackey32 (author) from Pittsburgh PA on June 01, 2015:

Yes the bulbs were in the refriderator prior to planting and the bulb is placed on top of the rocks.

Joanne on May 31, 2015:

Do u put the bulbs in the refrigerator before u plant them in a jar? And do u put the bulbs under the stones or on top?

Sahara on April 04, 2015:

How long does it take from bulb to flower?

Danni on March 05, 2014:

wedding was photographed by my super ttnaleed and delightful friend Lyndsay Londona0- if you look closely at the images she captured you can see my friend Erin & me MC'ing

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