Removing some of the mulch from my bed of forced bulbs, I was delighted to see their pale shoots poking through the soil and their healthy root system sticking out the drain holes in the bottom of the pots. I selected three pots of tulips to bring home with me.
Forcing bulbs is very easy. In the fall, plant your bulbs in pots. Cover the pots with mulch and leave in your garden for 12 to 16 weeks. Once pale shoots are showing and there is visible root growth, you can bring the pots inside. Keep them in a cool place with low to medium light for the first four or five days and they will turn green. Then simply wait another three to four weeks and like magic, your home will be filled with beautiful blooms.