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I left panting all my daffodil and hyacinth bulbs too late so i decided to force them...being relatively new to gardening maybe it wasn't such a good idea!

I placed them in pots and put them in my cellar. After just 2 weeks the shoots had grown about 1" above the soil and now after just 3 weeks they have now grown about 2" and the roots are poking out from the drainage holes.

I now have no idea what to do with them. Apparantly the chilling period should be 6-12 weeks right and if not left long enough to chill i have read that the blooms grow small or sometimes no blooms are produced at all.

Should i bring them into the kitchen now or leave them in my cellar for at least 6 weeks? Eventually i would like to put them into the garden and i scheduled it so that i could get them into the garden in full light around March but my plans have been thwarted by this unexpected accelarated growth. Any advice would be useful.



You need to slow down the growth on your bulbs and they need light. As you say, bring them into the kitchen for a week or two, put them on trays with a small amount of compost round the base of the pots. Harden them off outside. If the roots have grown through too long, plant the pots as they are. It will be easy to take them out of the ground in June.

27 Jan, 2010


Dr B has given you good advice. Forcing bulbs that were not designed to be forces is, in general not a god idea. Far better to simply plant them and accept they will flower a little late.

27 Jan, 2010


Thankyou both for the advice.

Moon grower the only reason why i forced them was because the ground was frozen in early january and i failed to plant them earlier so it was either this or no bulbs.

Also, i'm wondering why the bulbs grew too fast? Was it something to do with the temperature, light or something else i did wrong?

27 Jan, 2010


It was probably too warm for them in the cellar, a lot warmer than in the soil.

27 Jan, 2010


If you do not have too many pots I would put them outside the back door every day when the temperature is above zero and then under cover at night for week or two (extra protection will be needed if it gets frosty again during this period). Then plant them, pot and all, in the garden. Plant them with the pot a few inches below the surface. Once they are hardened off they should be able to withstand any further wintry weather. We already have daffs showing above the ground and they can withstand the frost. But, you do need to harden them off first.

27 Jan, 2010


you could start your seed in the cellar,

27 Jan, 2010


Thankyou to everyone for their input, i'm definitely going to bring them out tommorrow. Will cover them with frost protection fleece overnight and see how they get on.

Hopefully i'll have a garden full of colour in the spring!

27 Jan, 2010


If the frosts aren't too bad, get them out in the garden as soon as you can. For several years now we haven't planted our daffodil bulbs until late January or February and have been surprised that they have still given a good display. The reason for this, of course, is that all the potential for flowers and growth is in the bulb. What's more important is to give the plants time to grow in the green to build up the bulbs for flowering the year after.

27 Jan, 2010


Thanks for the advice bertiefox. In hindsight i should have waited in early jan for the snow to clear and the ground to thaw and then plant them straight in.

I had bought a lot of bulbs and was worried it may be a bit hit and miss to plant them into the ground so late which is why i opted for attempting to force them.

28 Jan, 2010

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