If you are forcing bulbs in November or early December, it takes only five weeks to make them mature and bloom. Tazetta-type bulbs don’t have to stand in the refrigerator for weeks before planting. They are conditioned with sunshine and nutrients before they go dormant.
The bulbs have names such as Paperwhite, Soleil d’Or, Chinese Sacred, Avalanche and Silver Chimes. Whichever you decide on, select the largest, healthiest-looking bulbs you can find. Large bulbs can produce up to 12 blooms per spike and bloom over a six-week period.
How to plant bulbs indoors
* For the best show, choose a long, low container. It’s good to have a drainage hole. If it doesn’t, you will have to tip the planter to pour out excess water.
* Fill the container two-thirds to the top with potting soil, sand, gravel, pebbles or marbles, Bulbs will grow in any of these, but potting soil is more likely to hold the plants upright.
* Place the bulbs with pointed ends up and touching each other or close together. Then fill soil up to a half-inch from the top of the container. It’s OK if bulb tips peek through.
* Keep the soil and bulbs moist but don’t let the bulbs stand in water. Set the container in a bright place with filtered sun. Turn it every two to three days so plants grow up straight.
* To speed up the blooming period, put the container in full sun and find a warm spot for it at night.