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Imagine it: the glorious color and fragrance of a garden in bloom, brought indoors. Paperwhites at Thanksgiving. Crocus, amaryllis, and tulips for the holidays. Great vases of flowing forsythia filling rooms with spring---in the dead of February. It's all the magic of forcing bulbs, branches, and blossoms, and here's the book that shows how.
Written by award-winning author Katherine Whiteside and drawing on the plant- and bulb-purveying expertise of Smith & Hawken, Forcing, Etc. combines hands-on-how-to with an artist's passion for detail to show how to grow dozens of common and exotic plants, including hardy bulbs--crocus, narcissus, muscari, and iris; tender bulbs--oxalis, calla lily, clivia; branches--apple and apricot to bittersweet, moosewood, and quince; and tender plants--fuchsia, coleus, clematis, lemongrass, and scented geraniums. In addition, the author focuses on presentation and display: choosing unexpected containers; creating tripods, trellises, and tuteurs; and orchestrating an indoor garden for balance of bloom and color.
|Publisher:||Workman Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.88(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.52(d)|
About the Author
Richard Felber is a leading garden and landscape photographer who regularly contributes to major publications and books.
Katherine Whiteside is an award-winning freelance garden writer whose articles have appeared in Elle Decor, House & Garden, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Vogue, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and many foreign publications. Her first book, Antique Flowers, won two Awards of Merit from the Garden Writers of America. Her second, Classic Bulbs, was a Main Selection of the Garden Book Club. Ms. Whiteside lives in Garrison, New York.
Read an Excerpt
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.
Table of Contents
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