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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Flower Power

Well I have certainly managed to keep my orchid alive this time!!! I's doing AMAZINGLY!!!!! Look at this...



It loves our bathroom; since the last orchid update it has grown 2 more leaves, one major stem with the first flowers on and then 2 shoots off that stem with lots more buds developing! I am very excited about it! Every time I go for a wee it makes me smile!

Moving on from that matter... I have been thinking more about my wedding flowers. Ages ago I got some hyacinth vases with the plan on forcing hyacinth bulbs for the table flowers/decorations. Today I have been doing a little bit of research into how I might grow them. I'm quite nervous about it really as it feels pretty high risk trying to get them to bloom at the right time (or at all)!

I think I have picked up a few helpful hints so far:

  • There are two types of bulb you can buy. Pre-chilled bulbs are produced for bulb forcing, so don't need any prep. Normal bulbs need to be chilled before starting. Websites tend to vary on how long they think this should be for, the general seems to be between 8 and 12 weeks. Plopping them in a cold dark garage or shed will do! Some say refrigerate...
  • Vase time! Fill the vases with enough water that it barely touches the bottom of the bulb. If the bulb is soaked it will rot. They can be prettied up my using glass pebbles. I might do this, depends on how expensive the pebbles are! I quite like the look of just the roots too..? Ill see..
  • Once the bulbs are all vased up, they need to be kept in a cool dark place for a further 6-7 weeks.
  • When the shoot is 3-4" high (or the flower is out of the bulb), they can be brought into the light - but not direct sunlight! Direct sunlight is fine after the first 10 days.
So... If I get normal bulbs i need to get them chilling by December really, thats like 4 months!! Blimey-O-Riley! Hopfully ill be able to get hold of pre-chilled ones, gooling them, that doesn't seem to hard! I reckon if I vased them in the new year, hopefully they will be flowering ready for the wedding. Shouldn't be too hard should it?! Eeek!!

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