How to get flowers out of season

How to get flowers out of season

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It is known that plants and flowers bloom at a specific time of the year which in most cases corresponds to spring or summer. However, artificially recreating the conditions of temperature, lighting and humidity typical of flowering it is possible (in some cases) to have flowers out of season.

This technique is called forcing, flower producers know it well, and it consists in recreating the flowering conditions in advance so as to have March or April flowers in winter. It is possible to force plants even in the house to have flowers out of season, let's try to understand how it can be done without being professionals and with the hope of at least a decent result (also for the good of the plants).

This is easier said than done, because plants can be 'deceived', yes, but up to a certain point. There forcing to have the flowers out of season it cannot completely eliminate the vegetative rest of the plant, which in any case must be subject to its deterioration. And anyway the forced plants they will always be a little more delicate than those that follow the normal rhythm of the seasons and will need some extra care, for example they should be kept indoors in conditions as similar as possible to those of the greenhouse they come from.

To try your hand at forcing the bulbs in pot at an amateur level you can orient yourself towards tulips, hyacinths, crocuses and narcissus, which are the most used species for this purpose. Even snowdrops, scylla and eranthis, less usual than the previous ones, lend themselves well to forcing out of season. The important thing is to form the pot well and to recreate the conditions of the different phases that lead to flowering in sequence.

A layer of gravel should be placed on the bottom of the pot for drainage, then add universal soil mixed with sand by pressing it a little. The bulbs should be placed side by side, avoiding touching each other and letting only the upper part emerge from the ground; the larger bulbs can protrude for a third of their height. In a vase with a diameter of 15 cm there can be approximately 5 tulips, 3 hyacinths, 3 daffodils or 10 crocuses that will become flowers out of season.

Once the bulbs have been planted, the soil should be watered gently and the pots forced flowers placed in a very cool and dark environment, for example an unheated cellar, remembering that in this phase of first development, temperatures not exceeding 9 degrees are needed. When the jets are 3-4 cm high for the larger bulbs and 1-2 cm for the smaller ones, exposure to light should be started, for the first week in soft and diffused light and then in full light without direct rays. Of sun. Here the temperature should not exceed 10 degrees.

When you begin to see the flower buds, the temperature can rise up to 15 degrees and even beyond until full bloom. The heat at this point anticipates the flowering of the flowers out of season, but if the temperature is kept around 18 degrees, the development of the plant will be more harmonious and the flowering more prolonged. During the growing period, the soil must always be moist but not wet so as not to rot the bulbs.

Video: Phalaenopsis Orchids - How I get multiple flower spikes! (June 2022).


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