January 26, 2022

Forcing Amaryllis in Soil

Even in the depths of winter, one can still enjoy the beauty of springtime blooms - just force bulbs indoors.

Forcing is an old gardening technique that speeds 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. Last month, I forced a collection of hyacinths, which are blooming in my home right now. My head gardener, Ryan McCallister, just planted amaryllis bulbs in soil, which will erupt with magnificent trumpet-shaped blooms later this season and last for several weeks.

Here are some photos, enjoy. Maybe this post will inspire you to grow some too.