Flowers add a touch of elegance and charm to our interior. Their diverse colors and fragrant scent brighten your home. Unfortunately, flowering plants do not bloom all year round. Their flowers bloom at a specific time, most often in spring. This is the case with tulips. These easy-to-grow flowers stand out for their spring blooms. But if you have a special crush on these flowers, we have a simple technique for you so you can have them all year round!

How can you have tulips all year round? Force the bulbs in a vase with water and make them germinate

To make your tulips bloom all year round, even when they are not in bloom, you can force tulip bulbs into water. If this is the first time you’ve heard of forcing bulbs, we’ll explain what it is. This technique is not new. Its purpose is to make the bulbs bloom without waiting for the flowering season, that is, spring. To do this, we trick the bulbs into thinking that spring is here. The bulbs that are suitable for forcing are the bulbs of plants that bloom in the spring, such as tulips, hyacinths or even daffodils.

Follow these steps to force tulip bulbs and promote their germination

  1. Choose healthy, large and firm bulbs. The larger the bulb, the more generous the bloom. Choose short tulip varieties that will better support sprouting;
  2. Cool the bulbs to make them think they have overwintered. Therefore, they must be placed in a cold environment during their dormancy. You can store them in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. Keep your onions away from fruit. The gas given off by fruits will prevent your plant from flowering. Store the onions at a cool temperature for 4 months. Note that you do not need to do this step if you buy bulbs. The commercially available products are already cooled.
  3. After the bulbs have cooled, store them in a cool, dry place away from light until you are ready to start forcing. To prevent the bulbs from drying out, do not expose them to drafts;
  4. Then choose a suitable vase for the bulbs. The shape of the vase is important. Through it, the bulb must just touch the water surface, so that the roots can develop in the water, but without the bulb touching the water, otherwise there is a risk that it will rot. For this purpose, there are vases in which you can grow the bulbs in the water. They are called bulb carafes. Their shape is perfect for forcing bulbs. Their narrow neck allows you to keep the bulb above the water, and the wide base allows the roots to bathe in the water;
  5. Such a curved vase protects the bulbs from rotting. An alternative method is to fill a vase with decorative pebbles and then add water. The bulb must be placed on the stones without touching the water. It is the pointed part of the bulb, which must be directed upwards. It is possible to put several bulbs in the same vase, but be sure to keep a distance between them to avoid contamination in case an infection touches a bulb. Also, the bulbs may swell as they sprout. Therefore, they need space;
  6. Keep your vase in a cool, dark place. This will encourage root development and promote germination of the bulbs. During this time, change the water every week;
  7. When the bulbs begin to sprout after a month, move your vase to a bright, warm location. Avoid direct sunlight. Turn the vase occasionally to evenly illuminate the bulbs;

Make sure your vase always has water in it to keep the roots hydrated, but don’t let the bulb soak in the water. Remember to change the water constantly and keep the humidity constant. The vase should be directly under the bulbs Contain water. Note that tulip bulbs cannot be grown several times. You can compost used bulbs, but if they show signs of disease, throw them in the trash or burn them.

What other flowers grow in water?

This technique, which involves the germination of the bulbs of flowering plants outside their flowering period, is not only found in tulips. You can use it to grow hyacinths or amaryllis and add an aesthetic floral touch to your interior all year round.

  • Growing hyacinths in the water

Hyacinth is a perennial bulbous plant. Its colorful, fragrant flowers are grouped in clusters. Like tulips, you can grow water hyacinths year-round using only bulbs. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. First, prepare the bulbs. To do this, let them cool in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 weeks;
  2. Then decide on a glass bulb vase. As with tulips, make sure that only the roots come into contact with water. Bulb vases help keep hyacinth bulbs above water while providing moisture to the roots.
  3. Keep the vase in a cool, dark place. Remember to change the water twice a week. Fresh water will allow for spectacular blooming;
  4. After about 6 weeks, the bulbs will begin to sprout and the roots will develop. When the foliage of the hyacinth reaches a height of 5 cm and its roots reach the bottom of the vase, at this time you can move your plant to a bright and warm place to encourage its flowering. Rotate the vase daily to allow for even plant growth.
  • Grow amaryllis in water

Amaryllis is a pretty perennial flowering plant with a vanilla scent. To take advantage of the beautiful blooms when they are not in bloom, you can proceed with forcing the bulbs. You do not need potting soil. A vase and water will do! To do this, follow these steps.

  1. Take a transparent glass vase;
  2. Fill it with a layer of stones or pebbles. The layer should be about 3 inches thick;
  3. Place the tuber of the plant on the stones with the roots facing down.
  4. Add the remaining stones around the bulb to hold it in place. The top third of the bulb should remain exposed;
  5. Add water under the bulb without wetting it to keep it from rotting.
  6. Place your pot on a sunny windowsill. Check the water level from time to time. It must remain constant;

After your plant has bloomed, you can transplant it to a pot with good potting soil. Amaryllis should not survive in water for more than one flowering.

Thanks to these instructions, growing tulips, hyacinths or even amaryllis in water will be a breeze for you! Colorful flowers will decorate your home all year round, without the need for a pot or soil. You do not risk polluting your interior!