Saturday, February 16, 2013

Looking Forward to Spring - Forcing Miniature Daffodil Bulbs

Craftiments:  Miniature daffodil bulbs planted in milk glass, they force just like paperwhites.

In anticipation of spring, I planted miniature daffodil bulbs in milk glass to force indoors.  I have forced paperwhites in the past, but as you may know, their musky aroma can be a wee bit pungent.  I recently learned that miniature daffodils (Narcissus canaliculatus) can be forced just like paperwhites.  I have them growing in my yard and let me tell you, their fragrance is wonderfully sweet.  I can't wait for my living room to be filled with the heavenly scent of their diminutive blooms.  Another plus, these little cuties only grow 4 - 6 inches tall, so there is no need to stake them.

At the beginning of February, I potted the bulbs in well drained soil, leaving about 1/4 inch of their tops exposed.  Then I added a single layer of river rock in the spaces between the tops of the bulbs.  After watering, I put the bulbs in our unheated crawlspace for two weeks.  The cool and dark environment encourages root growth.

Here they are right after I pulled them back out. You can see the bulbs are just starting to sprout.

Craftiments:  Miniature daffodil bulbs sprouting

You may have heard that forced bulbs should be thrown away when you are done with them because they will never bloom again.  That is not entirely true for narcissus.  If forced in soil and cared for after they bloom, the daffodils can be planted outdoors in the spring (zones 4 - 8).  Most of them should flower again in another 1 - 2 years.

I purchased my canaliculatus bulbs from EasyToGrowBulbs.com and have also seen them on Brent and Becky's Bulbs.  They ship from late September through January, but you may still be able to find them on eBay.


12 comments :

  1. What a great idea. And they look so charming with the white containers and shiny stones. You have a beautiful collection. I just saw you found my memory bottle earlier this month. Thanks for visiting! Lisa

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  2. I'm picturing how pretty they will look when they bloom. I wish I had some buds ready to go now! Thanks for the wonderful tips though...I'll have to pin this for next year!

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  3. This is amazing. I usually force bulbs in winter but mini daffodils! GENIUS! I want to do it. I love your white dishes. It's going to be so beautiful!
    I would love if you link this to my link party Monday morning!
    XO
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love the idea of planting in milk containers! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

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  5. I love the milk white vases! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna

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  6. I admired anyone with a green thumb :) Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  7. I am in the midst of forcing a huge urn of daffodils myself. I really hope they bloom....

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  8. Thanks for sharing this. I've forced bulbs before. it's so fun to see them in bloom! Take care, Linda

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  9. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party this week!

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  10. Oh my gosh I love this idea!! I LOVE flowers in my house but its hard to justify buying stems and keeping them in a vase when they die so quickly! Pinning for later!

    Shan
    http://ikneatobake.blogspot.com

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  11. You are Featured on my blog tomorrow morning. Congrats!!!
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Chateau-des-Fleurs/113300158681218?ref=hl

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