The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Urgent help needed please!...
A former colleague at school has potted up lots of tete a tete in bowls for Christmas... in good quality bulb compost placed in a dark cellar with a little light from a window. They are sprouting like mad but with "white tips" not green tips!
What is she doing wrong? What do they need? Are they "blind"?

Over to you, the experts!



they are being forced were they are they need the cold but not the frost

3 Nov, 2009


Don't worry they are white then turn green then place by a window , here is a link so you can read.

3 Nov, 2009


Ooops, they aren't blind, but they do need to come into the light. It's the lack of day light, in the cellar, that's making the tips go white. Try putting them outside for a few weeks, then bring them in to a warm window sill, and they should be forced into bloom by Christmas :)

3 Nov, 2009


Tete a tete are not 'prepared' bulbs in the way that hyacinths are. They would have been better being left outside for a while then being brought in later.

3 Nov, 2009


As B says tete-a-tete is an outside small daff. As such it will not take happily to being force grown indoors in a cellar. This bulb is not designed to flower at Christmas but Feb/March outdoors.

It is probably too late to put them outside now as they have started to grow, which is not natural. Keep them somewhere cool and light indoors and cross your fingers.

3 Nov, 2009


Thank you all so much for your replies. She has been growing them as Christmas presents for the children! I thought the choice of tete a tete was a little odd...but who am I to know!

She has not fed, watered or given them anything ...except virtual let there be light...and hope for the best!

Cheers GOYers!

4 Nov, 2009


As the bulbs are now showing the compost should be kept just damp until they start to flower when they will need more water.
They are unlikely to be flowering at Christmas but the children can watch them grow.

4 Nov, 2009


As said above, they need light and lots of it! And they need it cool too. If they are grown too warm, they will just get leggy and will flop over. They would be best put outside I think. They will still make nice xmas prezzies, but they will flower in spring.

4 Nov, 2009


Thank you all...I have passed all that on to her.....I know they are now OUT of the cellar at least! I think she is unsure about watering them etc. Mine are all in pots outside, just left to the elements and I won't do anything to do them AT ALL!


5 Nov, 2009


That is by far the best way, Izzy.

5 Nov, 2009

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Next question

Please identify? »


Related questions

Not found an answer?