What Are Some Methods for Forcing Tulip Bulbs to Grow?


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Methods for forcing tulip bulbs include storing unplanted bulbs in the refrigerator or planting several bulbs in a pot and storing them in a cold attic, basement or outdoor area. Both methods involve exposing the bulbs to temperatures between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 16 weeks.

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To use the refrigerator chilling method, place bulbs in a breathable bag inside a drawer away from any raw fruits or vegetables. Alternatively, plant bulbs in clay pots, and keep them in a dark room or storage shed. After at least 10 weeks, plant bulbs from the refrigerator, or place potted bulbs in a sunny room with temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the tulips have grown a few inches, place them in a sunny and warm area to bloom.

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