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FORCING BULBS FOR SPRING BLOOM

 
 
Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 06:16 am
I live in USDA zone 6A and I have a whole bunch of daffodils and jonquils that I want to force in pots. Can I plant them now and put them in a hotbox and let them go till about Feb so I can force them for early spring bloom?
Is it too late?

any help from anyone with eperience will be greatly appreciate
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 06:41 am
@farmerman,
I've never done that, but this looks like a decently informed site:

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/forcebulbs.html
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 06:47 am
@Mame,
thanks. Im gonna try forcing even if its a bit late. 15 weeks is into MArch. Usually I have great luck at buying potted bulbs like tulips and after we have em on the table a week or so, I plant em in the garden and usually they rebloom next year (we do feed them once)
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 07:01 am
Best of luck to you -

I have my own gardening problem! My potatoes were all scabby this year and my onions were teeny. I googled it and found out my soil is too acidic. Everything is completely edible but I've never had such scabby produce. Also, my carrots were all deformed and smaller than expected. Again, too acidic soil. Gonna have to add some lime, I guess.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 08:41 am
I put my amarylis in a dark, cool place, watering it infrequently, until Jan.

Then I bring it out, fertilize it and make sure it gets a lot of sun and I always have huge red flowers for early spring.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 08:58 am
@Mame,
dont plant tomatoes too close to carrots. Wont hurt the carrots but it will stuntthem. Acidic soil needs compost AND lime. Mpst of your problem sounds like tilth . Ive grown taters in acidic soil and its done fairly well.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 08:59 am
@PUNKEY,
I know they need a few months of hard freeze after roots develop in the pot
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 09:25 am
@farmerman,
Didn't plant any tomatoes.

I compost every year. Will add lime next year. What's tilth?
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 14 Nov, 2012 09:28 am
@Mame,
Also, last year, my onions were fantastic. I bought seedlings (already planted) but this year I bought onion sets. I shared them with two others and they had the same experience. Also, I didn't hill my potatoes until late as I wasn't here. So I only got about 10 - 12 lbs. I didn't thin my carrots, either, so that may be why. Not all were deformed, but a lot were. Going to add more peat next year, too.
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