The great bulb experiment

Guess what I got in the mail?!




It’s like summer in a box!

I am so happy!


I seem to be suffering from “monochromitis~ the bone weariness that comes from only seeing white for long periods of time” earlier than previous years. So this box is a welcome distraction.
Today, however, we have been treated to a glorious sunny day!!!DSC01592 (2)

The sun! In January!!!


Ok~ I can’t stand it. I know I said that I was going to lay off the bulb info, but I’m a science geek and flowers (and food) are living science experiments. So bare with me 🙂

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Because I have waxed poetically about tulips here on this o’blog, you know that I have several types of tulip bulbs that I’m forcing to bloom in the house. Most of the research I found online indicates that to be successful, you must plant the bulbs in a pot, water very, very sparingly then leave them in a cool, dark place for about 14-16 weeks. This supposedly promotes strong root development. Then bringing them into a warm place and exposing the pots of bulbs to light and a little bit of water mimics spring and tricks the bulbs into blooming. I’ve forced tulip bulbs for years following this exact method with great success.

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I have LOTS of tulip bulbs lounging in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator. (I have rescued them several times from a couple of hungry boys who thought they were bulbs of garlic!) Because I’m an impatient farmer, I want to plant the tulip bulbs into pots right out of the ‘fridge and water and place under lights. However, I also want strong healthy flowers that perform well in the vase.

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What to do, what to do? A quick internet search revealed NOTHING. Nada. Zip info other than what I already knew.

Soooooo~ enter weird, mother, geeky, flower farmer experiment mode.

35 tulip bulbs planted into soil and placed in a cool dark place. Not exposed to light. Watered sparingly.

35 bulbs planted into soil and immediately placed under lights after a good warm water soaking. I started the experiment on Sunday, January 14th.

DSC01506 (2)By Tuesday, January 16th, both had started root formation! 2 days after planting!!!!

On January 20, all bulbs had developed a tiny green tip which indicates stem growth. So under lights they all went. DSC01522 (2)

Now, here we are 16 days into the experiment.


These stems are from the bulbs that were placed under lights right out of the refrigerator. The leaves look healthy and measure at about 6 inches- ish.




These stems are from the bulbs that were handled “correctly” (IE: time in the dark until tip development). The leaves look healthy and measure 7 inches.


Next we will evaluate bloom health, over all stem length, and vase life.

Stay tuned. More bulb info coming your way, you lucky dogs!!!

Don’t you just love science?


Egg count: Nothing yet. The girls are taking a nice long break.

What’s for supper: IDK yet. I’ve been doing science.

Weather: A slight chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight a 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Southwest wind around 6 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Published by Elizabeth

Flowers make people happy!

5 thoughts on “The great bulb experiment

      1. (PS~ The bulbs I picked for the tables are from yet another bunch of tulips I have growing in the house just for this purpose. I would NEVER disturb the science experiment for the silliness of monetary gain!

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