Everything to Make your Garden Work!
1. Choosing bulbs to force
The types usually chosen to force are early-
blooming, large bulbs.
Hyacinths are the most reliable, narcissi is very
popular and crocus is the favourite smaller bulb. But
dont limit yourself to these only as there are many
others to choose from.
Make sure you choose bulbs which are recom-
mended for indoor cultivation, and select bulbs that
are good-sized and firm.
2. choosing the container
Choose shallow plastic or clay containers. Bonsai
pots are a great choice. Be sure the container is
twice the depth of your chosen bulb to provide room
for root development.
It is advisable to choose a pot with drain-
age holes if forcing is to take place in the
Use GARDENWORKS indoor potting
soil to stabilize the bulbs while they
Start with a layer of moist soil in
the bottom of the container. Place
bulbs on this base with tips facing
upwards. Make sure that the tips
are also below the rim of the
For the best display, set the bulbs
close together but not touching each
other or the sides of the container.
Fill soil in around the bulbs, pressing
firmly but not too tightly. The necks
of hyacinths, narcissus and daffodils
should protrude above the soil level. All
others can be covered. The container
should then be watered so that the
growing medium is damp.
4. Cold Period
The bulbs now need a cold, but frost-free period in
the dark. Place containers in a shady part of the
garden. Cover with 6 inches (15cm) of peat, light
soil, leaves or sawdust. If you live in a very cold
region, or if you have no outdoor area, keep contain-
ers in a crawl space, garage or a dark, cool place.
The ideal temperature for chilling bulbs is between
just above freezing and 5oC (41oF). Be certain that
the temperature does not exceed 9oC (48oF) during
the cold period, as this would prompt growth too
If you dont have an outdoor area or cold crawl-
space, put the bulbs in the