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Organized by plant type, FORCING, ETC covers dozens of common and exotic plants that are readily available and easily growable for the indoor gardener. Here are step-by--step instructions demystifying the techniques of forcing bulb into bloom by simulating ...
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Organized by plant type, FORCING, ETC covers dozens of common and exotic plants that are readily available and easily growable for the indoor gardener. Here are step-by--step instructions demystifying the techniques of forcing bulb into bloom by simulating autumn, deep winter, and early spring in an accelerated time frame. Of tricking bare branches and twigs to blossom in the house--weeks or even months before their scheduled time. Of potting up and water forcing. And of raising and propagating--favorite indoor plants. There are unexpected ideas for choosing the right containers throughout, and an appendix offering a mail-order listing of sources for both plants and unusual ornamental materials.
--Hardy Bulbs. Crocus, narcissus, tulip, and other cold-loving flowers of a spring garden.
--Tender Bulbs. Exotics from the other side of the world, such as bowiea, amaryllis, clivia, and calla lily.
--Houseplants. The classic houseplants--ficus, coleus, scented geranium, jasmine, begonia.
--Twigs & Branches.
Forsythia, quince, witch hazel, and others already in your garden, waiting to be transformed as if by magic.
Plant-by-plant instructions on prechilling, potting up, putting away, and water forcing. Choosing unexpected containers. Creating tripods, trellises, and tuteurs. Extensive mail-order source list for plants and materials.
One of the reasons hyacinths have had such a long uninterrupted heyday is that they're very simple to grow. A few gardeners forgo them because of their reputation for top-heaviness and occasionally overpowering perfumes, but this is like always forgoing vacations because you had one that was bad. Properly chosen hyacinths are delicately formed, pleasantly scented, and come in colors from pale apricot to blackish-purple. Adding hyacinths to your indoor garden provides a little glimpse of heaven in February.
For forcing in soil, hyacinths should be potted up by mid-October. Use ordinary potting medium and, for best effect, place bulbs close together, but not touching. The pointy tops of the bulbs should be about half an inch above the soil line. Water them thoroughly and place the pots in a cold (35 to 48 degree F), dark location for at least 13 weeks. If the bulbs start to push out of the soil during rooting, add a layer of gravel on top to weigh them down a bit, taking care not to cover the bulb's pointed nose. Keep them watered and in the dark until bulb shoots reach one inch tall. At this point, move the pot to a cool (55 degree F), bright location (a north-facing window is perfect). Soon, the shoots will turn green and buds will appear. Once in flower (about two weeks) keep the hyacinths cool and well watered.
Water forcing hyacinths is even simpler than growing them in soil. Place the bulbs in brown paper bags in a dark, cool (50 to 55 degree F) location for 12 weeks. After this period, place the dormant bulbs in forcing vases filled with water to a level just barely touching the bottoms of the bulbs. Keep them cool and dark until the roots are two inches long (about three weeks), then bring them into the light. Blooms should appear in about two weeks. If your forcing vase doesn't offer enough support to prevent the flowers from leaning, prop the bulb with pretty twigs to prevent diving hyacinths.
Excerpted from Forcing, Etc. by Katherine Whiteside. Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.
indoors: bulbs, blossoms, and branches
AN AMATEUR'S GUIDE TO INDOOR PLANTS
WHAT YOU DON'T NEED
WHAT YOU DO NEED
EASY DOES IT
hardy bulbs: the forced
GETTING A HANDLE ON HARDY BULBS
THE GENTLE ART OF PERSUASION
BEYOND THE BASICS
THE NARCISSUS QUESTION
COURAGEOUS CHILLING METHODS
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
tender bulbs: the unforced
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
SUMMER COMES TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
MAKING IT MOIST
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
BACK TO SLEEP
HOW TO BUY TENDER BULBS
TENDERS IN THE SUMMER GARDEN
TILL NEXT YEAR
house plants: filling in the gaps
HOUSEPLANTS FOR HEDONISTS
THE RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE
HOW TO PICK AND BE PICKY
TWO SUREFIRE WAYS TO KILL A PLANT
PETS IN POTS
twigs & branches: also forced
BRANCHING OUT: FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: GATHERING YOUR MATERIAL
SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES
A GENTLE UNFURLING
cuttings: new beginnings
MORE PLANTS FOR LESS MONEY
WHAT ROOTS WHEN, AND HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
THE ESSENTIALS OF CODDLING
THE JOURNEY BEGINS