Add sparkle to your home with Tulips in vases

Humans, being what we are, tend to like immediate or near-instant results. This is why it is so difficult to wait until spring temperatures have warmed enough for flowers to grace the landscape. There’s an easy way to bring flowers, like tulips, into your home earlier than they appear outside. Growing tulips in water is easy and gets the season started with indoor blooms that you don’t have to wait for. Can tulips grow in water? There is a basic cooling trick you need to be aware of when growing tulips without soil. Read on to learn how to grow tulips in water to enjoy these beautiful flowers early. How to Grow Tulips in Water They say hunger makes the best sauce, but I’m too impatient to wait for results in my landscape. Growing tulips without soil is a favorite DIY trick to get these Dutch darlings into the home faster. Tulips have a chill requirement of 12 to 15 weeks, which they get naturally unless you buy pre-chilled bulbs. You can also make it yourself in your fridge at any time and be that much closer to a variety of flowers. AD Farmers markets have buckets full of tulip flowers for sale in the spring. But you don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy the flowers if you plan ahead. Pre-chilled tulip flowers make an impactful display when grown in a glass container on rocks or glass beads. 0 of 1 minute, 34 secondsVolume 0% Growing tulips without soil allows you to see the rooting process and makes the project easy. The first thing you need are healthy, large bulbs. Then you have to choose a container. A glass vase is a good choice because its height gives the tulip leaves and stems something to lean against as they grow. You can also choose to buy a forced vase, which is bent so that the bulb can sit just above the water with only the roots in the moisture. These patterns minimize rot when tulips are grown in water. Pre-chill your bulbs in a paper bag in the refrigerator for 12 to 15 weeks. Now is the time to plant them. AD You need gravel, stones or glass beads to line the bottom of the vase. Fill the vase 2 inches (5 cm) deep with rock or glass, then place the tulip bulb on top with the pointy area upright. The idea is to use the beads or stones to keep the bulb itself out of the water while allowing the roots to receive moisture. Fill the vase with water until it comes just 1 inch (3 cm) from the bottom of the bulb. Move the bulb and vase to a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Change the water weekly and watch for signs of germination. In a couple of months, you can move the sprouted onion out to a lighted area and grow it further. Choose a bright sunny window to place the vase. Keep the moisture level the same and keep changing the water. The sunlight will encourage the bulb to grow more and soon you will see the curled green leaves and stiff stem of a mature tulip. Watch as the bud forms and then finally opens. Your forced tulips should last a week or more.