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Plant a pot of springtime

Author: Canadian Living

Home & Garden

Plant a pot of springtime

Boost your spirits by coaxing, or "forcing," bulbs into fragrant blooms – an affordable extravagance even on a slim budget.

You need:
• Bowl
• Pot or jar (widebased and watertight; clear glass shows growing roots)
• Glass pebbles*, marbles, smooth river stones* or gravel (if using road gravel, wash off salt or oil)
• Sheet moss* (optional)
• Paper-white or hyacinth bulbs*
*Available at nurseries and floral supply stores

To make:
1. Place 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) of glass pebbles in container. (Note: For clear container, you may wish to layer different materials.) Set bulbs on top – close together and right side up - stabilizing, if necessary, with a little extra material around each bulb until roots anchor bulbs in place. If desired, tuck moss between bulbs.

2. Add water until bulb tips are immersed just 3 mm (1/8 in). Don't overfill or bulbs will rot.

3. For paperwhites: Place in sunny spot. Bulbs bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. For hyacinths: Place in shaded, cool spot. Bulbs will sprout in 8 to 12 weeks. When sprouts are approx 10 cm (4 in) high, move bowl into semishade for a week, then move to sunny windowsill.

Hint:
Keep correct water level constant. Bulbs bloom only once with this method, so start with fresh ones each time.

Read our tips on arranging flowers like a pro.
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