Bulb Care

Forcing Bulbs

Anonymous added on October 6, 2011 | Answered

How long does it take after pre-chilling for a bulb to come into flower? I need some flower stems in February, so if I pre-chill from now till mid-Dec, when am I likely to see blooms?

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Answered on October 7, 2011

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/forcing-bulbs.htm

It varies. It really just depends on conditions. A good rule of thumb is to plan on 6 weeks from starting the bulbs. But if you need them on a certain date, I would start a few every week in succession, planning for 8-4 weeks.

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