Forcing Tulip Bulbs at Home
Growing tulips in jar without soil at home is a great idea for home décor. It always looks fantastic. Do you know how to do it? Read this guide to find out the method. It is not that difficult as you think.
There are about 75 wild species of tulip. There are various types of shapes and colors of the flower. Tulips from Middle East are a bit different from the North American species. Such regional verities make the flower more attractive. The gardeners have classified it into 15 groups according to flower shape and size of the plant. You can follow this guide to grow any type of tulips.
Things You Need
- You need these things to grow tulips in a jar. Collect these things to start your DIY project.
- A clear glass jar or a vase.
- Some tulip bulbs of your choice
- Colorful or plain white/black pebbles and marbles
- Fill the jar with pebbles and/or small piece of marbles. It would look much better if you use multicolor stones. Some people prefer to have a dull background to make the flowers more prominent. In that case, you can use plain white or black pebbles.
- Do not fill more than 3 or 4 inches of the jar with pebbles.
- Always try to select the larger tulip bulbs. The smaller ones may come in a discounted prize but the results will not be satisfactory. Larger flowers will bloom from the plants with larger bulbs. Always find the healthy and firm tulip bulbs to get best result.
- The freshly dug tulip buds need cold sleep of 10 to 15 hours before use. So, keep those in a freezer for that time.
- Warning: Keep tulip bulbs away from ripe fruits like apple. The gas emitted from these fruits will prevent growth.
- After the chilling of the bulbs, place them carefully inside the jar among the pebbles. Use the pebbles to keep it heads up. Check if it is standing securely.
- Now fill the vase with water. Only fill to the level of the pebbles. You do not need much water for tulips.
- Keep the bulbs out of the water. The water should come close to the bottom. Otherwise, the bulbs will soon begin to rot. If you place more than one bulb in a single jar, keep one inch gap between these. It will give the plants room to grow.
- Now keep the vas in a dimly lit room. Avoid direct sunlight to help the buds grow. Lack of light will enhance the root growth. You need a cold room for good result.
- You should check the water level regularly. If the water level becomes lower, add some to top up. Always keep the roots hydrated and the bulbs dry.
- Keep the tulip vas in the low light conditions for about a month. The roots will be developed fully in that period. After that, take it out to a position to get ample sun. Sunlight will stimulate the growth of the shoot.
- It would be much better for the tulip to keep it in a bright place but not under direct sunlight. Extreme exposure to sunlight can make the plant dry soon.
- The plant may grow towards sun, so your tulip will not be straight. That’s why you need to rotate the vase time to time.
- The plants can take 3 or 4 months to bloom. If you plant the tulips in the winter, it will take lesser time to produce flowers. To make your room decorated during the festive seasons, you should start the process after October.
- You can buy special vases for forcing tulip bulbs. These vases have a wide mouth with narrow neck. The bulb can sit perfectly on the neck. It will make your task easier.
- Enough chilling is a must before forcing the bulbs otherwise the bloom will be smaller or weaker. Sometimes, even there can be no flowers without chilling.
- Weather irregularities can affect the growth of the plant and flowers. Unusually warm winter or colder summer can be pretty bad for your tulip’s health.
- Do not purchase tulip bulbs with white or pink fungus strains on them. It may result in deformed flowers and leaves. You need to be sure that the bulbs are fungicide treated. The most common fungal attacks come from Fusarium oxysporum and Botrytis tulipae. The most common tulip plant disease caused by fungal infections is known as “tulip fire”. The infected plant will show discolored spots.
- You also should check for spongy grey or brown spots on the bulbs before buying. Such spots are the symptoms of nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci infection. If you have purchased it without spotting it first, treat it with hot water.
- I hope that you will be successful to grow beautiful tulips in your home in the coming months. Do not hesitate to ask anything. I am always ready to help you.