Hello everyone! I am getting so excited to start my Christmas Decorations, but I will wait till after Thanksgiving. In the mean time I have been "drawing" up my plans for this years decoration. I have not forced bulbs in a few years, so I have made that part of my plan. Back in September I bought both Paper Whites and Red Tulips to use this year. The tulips have been in the fridge as they must chill or they will not bloom. The Paper Whites do not require "chill" time. Here is what I used to plant the Paper Whites.
A couple of glass containers, a couple bags of rocks and dyed moss, a open metal vase and of course the bag of Paper Whites. This little project is also thrifty. A bag of seven bulbs was $4.88, the rocks and moss where a couple of dollars each, the metal vase, a GW find, was a dollar as was the glass containers. I also used a couple of plastic grocery bags for the open vase. Very inexpensive for the "wow" factor they will deliver. Plus, the price at the florist for forced bulbs being around $20 a bloom, this is a big bang for the buck!
As you can see my bulbs have already started to sprout. For the glass containers I just put in about 3-4 inches of rocks the pushed a bulb a couple of inches into the rock then added water to just below this level. Here is how they looked when I was done.
They already look pretty! I will most likely add ribbon to dress it up later on. Planting in the open metal vase was a little messy, but still easy and will really be beautiful on the buffet in the dining room.
Here I just spread my red moss around the sides, added two plastic bags to the middle then placed the bulbs close together. They do like to be crowded.
Next I just added moss to the top and watered.
So easy! One thing I learned from an elderly neighbor years ago was to water your bulbs with a mix of 7 parts water to 1 part white (rum, vodaka) alcohol. This will stunt the growth of the stem, but not the flowers. You will not have to worry about the Paper Whites falling over. This does not effect the blooms.
If you have never forced blooms before I hope this makes you want to give it a try - the will not disappoint!
I will be joining these fun parties:
Susan for Met Monday
Erin for HomeMade Monday
Kristen for Tuesdays Treasures
Linda for Nifty Thrify Tuesday
Sherry for Open House