How to Force Bulbs Into Bloom
Christmas Pearl (shown), with its dainty pale blue flowers and lovely scent, is the one variety of grape hyacinth that doesn't need a chilling period. Plant it in any shallow container with drainage holes, like this fruit crate.
How to plant: If the container has a slatted bottom, line it with unbleached coffee filters, which will retain the soil while allowing water to drain. Fill the container halfway with a blend of potting soil and orchid mix. Place the bulbs (as many as will fit) root-side down and almost touching, then barely cover with potting mix. In a sink, soak the container well with tepid water until water drains out the bottom. Set on a waterproof tray beside a window. Water again when the top inch of potting mix is dry.
You'll see blooms: In six to eight weeks. You can keep growing the bulbs until spring, then replant outdoors. They should flower again next year.
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