Sunday, January 26, 2014

force tulips for valentine's day...


I stopped by a friend's house on the weekend, as I was passing through her garage I 
noticed a big bag of 90 red tulip bulbs she had intended to plant last fall. :)
 I'm guilty of doing it a time or two! You? : )
Of course I asked her if I could have them, I thought we could try to forcing them. I figured
 they'd already been in the garage chilling for the required 8 - 15 weeks, and all that was left
 was to plant them in a pot, water, and wait....our timing is perfect to have a LOT of tulips for
 Valentines's Day! 

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I think our chances are good, they were already beginning to sprout.  


If you happen to have a bag in your garage here's a pretty planting idea...

 designsbygollum.blogspot.com

If yours made it into the ground already...
 here's a fun whimsical idea, cut flowers and candy corn.
Place a smaller vase in the center of the larger one, and fill the empty space
 between vases with candy.

bittermaneyecandy.wordpress.com

Have you ever forced tulips?
 Do you think our chances are good?


20 comments:

Julia Konya said...

I never tried to force any plants inside because my cats eat the plants. It looks so pretty though.

Dana Frieling said...

Oh, I so hope you have lots of tulips for V-day! Tulips are one of my favorite memories from college...they were always stunning.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Yes, I have done this but did not have great success. Good luck.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

I'm totally clueless with anything related to plants or flowers but love, love tulips so if this works out for you, I'm hoping to see a how-to!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I wish I had some bulbs laying around so I could do this! I have been craving some fresh flowers to get me through this dreary part of winter, I have to make a stop at Trader Joe's today and treat myself. What a pick me up to have red tulips this time of year!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I forced an amaryllis at Christmas and it turned out beautiful! I also have some tulips in my garage (from last year!) and debated but wasn't sure they would do anything at all. Good luck with them!

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

This is so cool! I also have no idea about plants and have never heard of forcing? On a side note worst case scenario I picked up a ton of tulips at Trader Joes the other day b/c they were (maybe still are) the current special..$1.99 a bunch!

therelishedroost said...

I wish I had luck doing that, for some reason i cant get them to bloom, no green thumb here!!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I'm sure they'll turn out beautifully with your green thumb!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

First of all, since when do they have Valentine's candy corn? :) Leave it to you to put something to good use. I know for sure those tulips are going to bloom and be amazing. Be sure to post a pic!

Leslie said...

Hi Pam, Such a pretty post today! No.. I've never tried to force tulips ~ just paper whites. I'll be anxious to see how quickly them come up! Enjoy your day:)

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I love love tulips. Ive never tried to force them. I always force paperwhites and decided I can't take the smell another year! Lovely Valentine ideas and tablescapes! xo Nancy

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have never forced any plants, except maybe to die by lack of attention. love these pretty tulips though so much more than roses!

Bethany DeVore said...

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, wish I was better with plants!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I've never tried to force tulips but I've had good luck with paper whites and amaryllis bulbs. In fact, I think I have an amaryllis kit in one of my closets. :-) Hope your timing works out Pam!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Oh I hope they bloom for Valentines! I had a thought last night - I have wheat grass seed - maybe it's time to start some to have something green to look at since it seems we are going to be snowed in for several weeks yet!

Renae Moore said...

I have never forced tulips and have not had luck planting them in the fall to come up in the spring. I hope yours bloom, fingers crossed! Trader Joe's always has great ones at a good price!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

No, never forced tulips…and so love them…I always look forward to having those beauties around the house when they are in season!

Tracy Laverty said...

I've never even thought about this idea, but I love it and think I should try it too! Thanks for a great idea!

Vel Criste said...

Oooooh, so pretty, I have paperwhites right now in my kitchen, bulbs on clearance from Walmart after the HOlidays and I love them, I should try tulips next!

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