Etched Glass Bulb Vase
Etched Glass Bulb Vase
Beautifully etched and with a unique "Empire Waist" silhouette, this lovely vase is designed for forcing springtime bulbs to bloom indoors. When not being used as a forcing vase, it will be just as happy displaying your pretty floral bouquets in truly elegant fashion!
Measures 5.75"H x 3.5"D.
Learn More About Forcing Bulbs to Bloom
Forcing hyacinths and other springtime bulbs to bloom in water was a Victorian passion that fell out of favor in the twentieth century - perhaps because garden writers made the process seem more complicated and mysterious than it is. Springtime bulbs are exceptionally eager to bloom and will do so with only the slightest encouragement, providing a fragrant and long-lasting symbol of spring.
To begin, buy pre-chilled bulbs that have received the 2 to 4 month cold treatment imitating winter.
Store hyacinth or other springtime bulbs in cool, damp sand until you are ready to force them. The bulbs will flower about 6 weeks after you put them in water, so if you need blossoms for an occasion, count backward to determine the planting time. This is not an exact science, so start plenty of bulbs over the course of 2 weeks to guarantee flowers for that special day.
1. Use forcing vases, or choose containers that will hold the bulbs just above the water and allow room for the roots below, but won't tip over when the big, heavy flowers arrive. Place a bulb on the forcing vase, and add water until it reaches the bulb's bottom. You'll need to change the water twice a week by tipping the liquid out and replacing it with fresh lukewarm water.
2. Put the bulbs in a cool (40 F to 55 F), dark place until roots develop and leaves begin to sprout, about 3 to 4 weeks. Below 40 F, the bulbs will remain dormant. Above 55 F, they could rot. Basements and garages often provide the ideal conditions. Check the bulbs to be sure that the water level is high enough, and change the water periodically.
3. Once foliage begins to develop, move the bulbs to a slightly warmer (65 F), sunlit spot for flowering; a north-facing window is perfect. Turn them daily to prevent leaning, and change the water regularly. After about 2 weeks, you will have gorgeous perfumed flowers that will last (in a cool spot) another 2 weeks. Once the blooms have browned and died, throw out the bulbs. Water forcing uses every scrap of energy a bulb has to offer, so the bulbs will not re-bloom. If you want another round of blooms, order more bulbs; it's a chance to try some different varieties.
How to text courtesy of marthastewart.com