i have not posted in forever & i keep forgetting! so i figured i should finally do an update about my tulips. well, they bloomed! on my birthday! YAY! they were so pretty too! but i am getting ahead of myself... i have been trying my hand at forcing tulips indoors in a vase full of some seaglass & water. in my last post they were about 3 days old & still rather small, little sprouts under an inch tall but growing quickly! i am super impressed at how quickly these bulbs grew!
almost a week later they were looking like this:
in about another week they had grown past the top of the vase & had gotten quite leafy:
after only 2 more days they started to bud! this is what they looked like the evening of valentines day:
& then on my birthday the next day, ta-da!
they ended up a lovely bright coral-y redish colour! (not so much like the pink that was pictured on the package) i know that the different pictures look different colours depending on the lighting & whatnot, but the ones above are most true to the real flowers, at least on my monitor. the colour did fade a bit as they got older. the one other thing is that the bulbs started sucking a lot more water once they started to bloom! i had to keep topping up the water level much more frequently than when they were just leaves or sprouts!
& the blooms stayed for a long time too! these pictures were taken 5 days later!
so pretty! i let the flowers just die on the stems & i think the dead flowers looked pretty spectacular as well in their own way!
i am looking forward to buying some new bulbs & trying this again. i am hoping to get some different types of flowers & giving that a shot. i am not really sure what i am supposed to do with these bulbs now that they have finished though? i am pretty sure that they can be regrown 'next season' but unfortunately i have not really looked that information up too much, eek! it will be figured out. fun stuff.