Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gardeners: Bring Spring Home Early

The clusters of snowdrops by my doorsteps always brighten the days of January and February for me, to say nothing of reminding me that spring really isn't that far away. But if you don't have the opportunity to enjoy snowdrops firsthand, then you certainly should turn to the next best option, bulb flowers in pots, readily available now at stores.

These winter wonders are largely spring bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, that have been brought into flower early by nursery growers using an age-old process called forcing. Forced bulbs might more accurately be called fooled bulbs, as the growers use a combination of cooling and light treatments to trick the bulbs into flowering early.

The happy results of this deceptive behavior are stocks of colorful flowers ready to be scooped up and taken home to bright winter days. Read the entire article.

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