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Forcing Bulbs: Your Inside Winter Garden

Flowering bulbs can satisfy your yearning for color and life during the cold weather and frigid temperatures of winter. It is easy to grow an inspirational indoor garden.  With a few simple ingredients and containers you can find around your home, you can force bulbs and grow pussy willow to enjoy all winter long.

Lightbulb container was purchased in Australia, however, similar ones may be purchased at local retailers in Northern Virginia.

 

The unusual asymmetrical shape of this container attracted us. We found this one at West Elm.
Floral stylist Jodi Cali prepares a warm but modern display of bulbs.
Lichen that grows on bark is an optional but stylish touch for your indoor bulb garden.

 

Create a grouping of bulbs for a fun display inside your home.
Another option for indoor gardening is a pussy willow plant in a simple container with rocks, soil, and moss.
Look for decorative lichen and moss in your outdoor winter garden. Lichen grows on tree bark. It adds a layer of style to your bulb display.
Observing new life in the midst of winter inspires us. Young gardeners especially enjoy watching bulbs root and grow.
Clementines are the fruit of choice in January and a clementine container is a convenient and attractive way to house your bulbs.
Even a cell phone holder can be a holder for your winter bulbs. A perfect way to add life to contemporary white and gray decor.

Materials

Bulbs

Containers

Rocks (we used small decorative white ones)

Water

Optional

Moss

Lichen

Note: Containers can be found around the home or you can find attractive ones at West Elm, Michaels, and at thrift shops.

Directions

1. Place rocks in the container.

2. Place bulb or bulbs in the container.

3. Add water so it just touches the roots.  Take care not to fill the container with too much water to avoid root rot.

TO ENSURE ROOTS ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DRINK, REPLENISH WATER AS NECESSARY EVERY FEW DAYS.

4. Place container near a window so that your bulb has access to light.

5.  Enjoy watching your bulb grow and sprout beautiful indoor florals in the midst of outside cold temps.

Regarding the care of winter potted plants, like pussy willow:

Keep plant indoors till risk of frost has passed, keep well watered. After flowering, cut back to within four inches of the stem allowing new branches to come fo the following year. Plant outside in spring and keep well watered for the first year.
Article by Jodi Cali
voilastyling@icloud.com
Edited by Jessica Monte
Photos by Jessica Monte

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