Last autumn, my grandma and her friends, who we affectionately call the golden girls, set out on a trip to Amsterdam. When grandma returned from her big vacation, she brought over 100 tulip bulbs home. I dropped the bulb (hehe) and didn’t get the tulips planted in time. I was thrilled to come across a pin on Pinterest that showed tulips grown directly in the vase.
Based on my research, here is what you need to force a tulip bulb to grow indoors:
- A Glass Container- I used a Mason Jar
- Small rocks, marbles or pebbles
- A Tulip Bulb
- Water, darkness and sunlight
Fill your glass container with marbles or decorative rocks. Your rocks should be 3 to 4 inches deep to ensure there is enough space for the roots of your tulip to grow.
Place your tulip bulb on top of the rocks with the pointed end facing upwards. Once the bulb is in place, add a few more rocks to the container to act as support for the tulip bulb. Adding the additional rocks will help stabilize the bulb when it starts to grow.
Fill the jar with water leaving a ⅓ to ½ inch between the water level and the tulip bulb. It is important that the bulb is not submerged in water to ensure it does not rot. While the bulb should not touch the water, the water level should be close enough for the roots to start growing.
Leave your bulb in a cool dark space until it begins to bud. The roots should be noticeable in 6 to 8 weeks and the bulb should begin to bud in 12 to 16 weeks.
Make sure you maintain the water level of the container, along with your patients! If your container becomes smelly or covered in algae, freshen up by change the bulb’s water.
Once your tulip begins to bud, move it to a sunnier space in your home. You are now on the home stretch! At this stage it is helpful to rotate your tulip container every 2 days to keep the plant growing straight rather than towards the light source.
I planted my bulb January first, so look for an update on how it is growing in the upcoming months.