December 7, 2021

Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs Indoors

One doesn't have to wait until spring to enjoy the beauty of springtime blooms - just force some bulbs indoors.

Forcing is the process of speeding up a bulb’s development by simulating the conditions of winter and spring - it's a way of fooling Mother Nature and tricking the bulb to bloom before its time. Hyacinths are excellent for this technique as their flowers are both attractive and fragrant. The bulbs can be forced in either water or soil - we are using both methods here at my Bedford, New York farm. Over the weekend, I started forcing some in water right in my kitchen. Yesterday, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted bulbs in three separate containers filled with soil and sand. The hyacinth bulbs are from Colorblends Flowerbulbs - a third generation wholesale flower merchant in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut. I can’t wait to see these beautiful flowers open.

Here are some photos, enjoy.