To force a Tulip means to pot the Tulip bulb, replicate winter conditions, and bring it into bloom earlier than its normal spring bloom time. One can force a Tulip to bloom earlier, but one cannot force a Tulip to bloom later. Most tulips need at least 12-14 weeks of temperatures below 55 degrees F to bloom.
My friend got a potted forced tulip in pretty pink. The buds were almost open.
She watered it and put it next to the window. Within a week the flowers opened wide and are quite beautiful.
I think I need tulips too. I love the shape of the flowers. Here in Florida we are too warm for most northern spring bulbs like tulips. Many of us buy potted forced plants in late winter and spring. Flowers always make a home look better. I just always feel sad that I can’t plant the bulb for next year. It won’t come up.
Wishing you sunny days and tulips.
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