Brighten your winter by using beautiful bulbs to grow fresh spring flowers indoors. Kids can coax a spring bulb into blooming during winter in this easy activity.
What You'll Need:
- Narcissus or hyacinth bulbs
- Shallow dish
- Pebbles or aquarium gravel
How to Make Beautiful Bulbs:
Narcissus and hyacinth bulbs can be grown indoors using the technique called "forcing." To "force" a bulb, you trick it into thinking it's springtime.
Step 1: Buy some paper-white narcissus bulbs or any type of hyacinth bulb at a garden store.
Step 2: Find a dish about three or four inches deep and pour in about 1 or 1-1/2 inches of pebbles. Set three or four bulbs upright in the dish and fill in around them with more pebbles. Leave the tops of the bulbs sticking out.
Step 3: Add water up to the top of the pebbles. Set the dish in a cool, dark place for two weeks, adding water as needed, to allow roots to form.
Step 4: After two weeks, bring the dish out into a well-lit room, but out of direct light.
Step 5: When the leaves are well-developed and flower buds are forming, set the dish in a sunny window.
Start your bulbs in October for Christmas blossoms, or in January for Easter. You can try other spring flowers such as daffodils, crocus, or tulips.