Forcing Bulbs: Growing Tulips in a Vase

Growing Tulips in a Vase

With spring around the corner, I’ve been thinking about gardening quite a bit. I LOVE flowers, so I thought why not grow flowers myself?

Last fall, I purchased a whole bag of tulip bulbs from Costco for a pretty reasonable price ($10-$15 for 50 bulbs!). However, I have come to realize that I don’t have enough space to plant all 50 tulip bulbs in the yard.

After doing some research (and staring at some photos on Pinterest), I learned that you can grow bulb plants in containers. So here begins my experiment of growing tulips in vases!
SUPPLIES-1

What I used:

  • Tulip bulbs
  • Gems (pebbles or river rocks also work)
  • Vase
  • Water

STEP1 Step 1. Place gems in vase—fill up about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your containerStep2 Step 2. Place bulb on gems. Step3 Step 3. Surround the bulb with more gems for support. Step4Step 4. Fill vase with water until about 1 inch away from the bottom of the bulb.

Step 5. Move the vase to a cool, dark place. The bulbs should be in this environment for 4-6 weeks. This is meant to simulate the dormant, cool period that tulips need in order for the roots to grow well. Then, they can be brought out into the light.

That’s it! As long as everything goes well, you can expect to see some updates on these! I have planted four bulbs this way—two in small mason jars, and two in vases. I’m really hoping this works!

Does anyone else have any experience in forcing bulbs? Any tips?

7 Comments

  1. sam September 5, 2013

    hey how did they grow? thanks for the info!

    Reply
    • admin September 5, 2013

      I actually didn’t store mine right so the bulbs began to rot! The location I put them in was not dark enough. Next time I’ll have to put them in a really dark place! You should be able to force the bulbs by following my instructions otherwise :)

      Reply
  2. marky March 7, 2014

    bought a tulip vase kit and says to chill vase for prolong life how chill the vase??? got tullips in vase dont come out so ???? help lol

    Reply
    • admin March 11, 2014

      Hi Marky,

      I actually just bought a vase kit from Costco that asks to chill the vase to prolong the life as well. I would recommend either putting the vase in the fridge, putting it in a cool place (like a cabinet), or adding an ice cube to the water? I’m not too sure how to go about it but I will probably try the following on my kit.

      Reply
  3. Deborah Winoker March 14, 2014

    I had tulips I a vase, now I have tulip bulbs in the vase . The plants died but the bulbs still look good. The roots are still in the water, the bulbs are not. How do I get tulips again or am I out of luck?

    Reply
    • ty October 6, 2014

      Hi deborah, it will probably not happen, you have better luck throwing them away or planting them somewhere in your yard,

      First off, take them out of your base and let them dry, really dry, try to imitate the seasons, tulips need a dry summer followed by a cold winter to flower again, thing with tulips grown on water is that the water won’t have the nutrients for the bulb to get strong again, that happens in the dirt.

      I say toss them or plant them in the yard and hope they flower next year

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  4. ty October 6, 2014

    Tulips need to chill for a few weeks, this is too imitate winter when they developed all the goodies inside for a flower. The best way to “fake” winter is to put them in the fridge for 8 to 12 weeks, far away from fruit, specially apples. The gas they produce affects the bulbs ability to produce a flower.

    The correct step will be to put your bulbs in a mesh bag somewhere in your fridge for 8 to 12 weeks, take them out and follow this blogs instructions. Just to clarify, it’s not the dark what they need the most but a cold environment

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