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Old Today, 01:08 PM
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We are constructing a Hobbit house in VT (face book: The Hollow on Higher Ground) and I'm trying to do small nice English country gardens full of color, so bought a bunch of bulbs last week and assumed they would bloom this year...? If not ...Is there a way to trick them to bloom? Thanks !
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Old Today, 01:27 PM
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They can be tricked by chilling them in a brown paper bag in the refridgerator at 35 - 40 degrees F for 2 or 3 weeks. This mimics the chilling they need and would normally get if they were in the ground over winter. You will have to make sure they are not near any other fruits or vegetables in the fridge since some of them will emit plant gasses that can interfere with the bulbs.

There are other methods for tricking bulbs too, the above is my favourite though. The link below has several websites with further information regarding other methods and about what kinds of bulbs chill best in fridge, how long for, etc.


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^^ that is correct except some bulbs require up to 16 weeks chilling period. Various variety of bulbs have different chilling time periods.
OP here's some good info to peruse.
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Old Today, 03:40 PM
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Thanks so much for the advice and links ! I'll chill them as long as possible !
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