We’re still in the midst of winter and it can all be grey and dreary. Why not encourage a little spring into your home early this year. Did you know that you can grow bulbs in a jar of water? A cheerful display of blooming tulips can revive any gardener’s spirits during the cold, wet winter months. By planning and preparing your tulip bulbs you can be sure they will begin to make an appearance indoors long before they begin to bloom in your garden.
What you need:
- A jar or a small vase
- Small rocks or pebbles or marbles for decoration
- A tulip bulb
Place your marbles, rocks or pebbles of your choice in the bottom of your jar. Ensure that your tulip has enough room to grow.
Place your tulip bulb on top of the rocks, in the centre, with the pointed edge facing upwards.
Once your bulb is in place, you should try to add one or two rocks loosely around it to act as support to the bulb as it begins to grow.
Add water to the jar allowing ½ an inch between the water level and the bulb. It is vital that the tulip bulb is not completely submerged in water as it could rot. While the water should not touch the bulb, it should be close enough so that it will feed the roots as they begin to grow.
Place your jar with the bulb and water in a cool, dark place in your home until it begins to bud. You should notice the roots begin to show in six to eight weeks with the bulb beginning to flower in 12 to 16 weeks.
Ensure you maintain the level of the water throughout the weeks. However, if your jar becomes full of algae, you should completely change the water.
Once your tulip begins to bloom, you should move the whole jar into a room with sunlight. During this time you should rotate your tulip jar every two days to ensure the entire bulb is getting enough sunlight. Keep the tulip out of direct sunlight though as this can cause its blooms and leaves to die quickly. By ensuring they are in a well sunlit area without direct sunlight, you can be sure your blooms will last the distance.
Tulips that grow inside do not live as long as they do when they are in the soil in the garden so there’s no need to panic if you notice it wilting sooner than you thought. When your bulb does begin to wilt, you should discard it and begin again with a fresh new bulb.