Forc­ing the is­sue

How to trick flower bulbs

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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.

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