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.
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.
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