I had heard Hyacinths were easy to force (bloom indoors in mid winter) and I happen to have had some on hand this fall for the first time, so on November 20th I started forcing bulbs for the first time.
I rested 2 of them above the water line in a small rectangular vase and kept them in the garage (cool dark place) for as long as I could.
Then on December 8th I moved them to the basement when the water began to freeze in the garage.
On February 18th I realized that for something supposed to be easy I had already made a few mistakes. According to Martha Stewart:
- I should have been changing the water twice weekly; I only topped it up occasionally
- I placed the bulbs in front of a window, so I got the 'cool' part right, but should have had them in darkness
Today they basically have no roots but nonetheless are showing signs of growth; check out the shoot appearing on the left.
Given the importance of roots though, back to the basement they go, this time to a dark, cool spot.
Cross your fingers for me and hope that I end up with something ever after this mix up. If so, then Hyacinths really will be easy to force!