How to Force Bulbs in Water
nestled and snuggling in a glass vase specifically designed for forcing bulbs. (My husband bought me tulips last spring...isn't he nice?? don't get me started or I might go on and on about the laundry chute he just made me!! :)
Anyway, the vase is pretty straightforward except for a little ridge near the bottom and a plastic "rack" for the bulbs to sit on. If you don't have a vase that will work, just throw some stones in the bottom of a vase and you have the same basic idea. (Perhaps you shouldn't hasten to throw the rocks into a glass vase...but you get my drift).
1. There is a green tip on the bulb - that's good!
2. The POINT is going UP and the ROOTS are going DOWN - THAT IS ESSENTIAL!
3. The bulb is peeling a bit - that is OK! It is still very well skinned :)
HERE). When I first start bulbs in water, I allow them to sit in water JUST long enough for the roots to "wake up" and start getting white. The roots will reach for the water and become plump. At this point, do NOT let the bottom of the bulb sit in water. You have to make sure the roots can reach water, but the bottom of the bulb doesn't rot. It takes attention, but not skill. Just keep an eye on things.