Forcing the issue
How to trick flower bulbs
display plants for flower shows.
She listed the types of bulbs that are suitable for forcing – narcissus, crocus, prepared hyacinths, hippeastrum, iris reticulate, muscari and tulips – and then revealed how best to achieve it.
This involved the planting medium, the depth of planting and when to plant. Narcissi need to be covered with compost whereas hyacinths have to have their noses out of it.
The various bulbs need different conditions involving temperature and the amount of light/ dark. There is also a need to change the bulbs’ environment by altering the location of the potted bulbs. Nadine also included advice on how to care for the bulbs once they are flowering and when they have finished flowering.
Along the way, she said that bulbs had been forced since the 1800s when head gardeners on large estates had to produce displays for Christmas house parties.
After a break, members produced the bulbs and pots they had brought with them and under Nadine’s guidance set to work to produce their own Jingle Bulbs.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 16, in Haugh of Urr Parish Hall at 2pm when Debbie Adamson will give a talk on natural woodcraft. Further details from the secretary on 01556 610635.