Forcing December's Birth Flower – The Narcissus (Daffodil)
Celebrate December birthdays and have a bit of fun by forcing a few daffodil bulbs into bloom.
The daffodil, botanically known as Narcissus, is one of the birth flowers for December. It symbolizes sweetness and the desire for your loved one to stay just the way they are.
All you need are a few daffodil bulbs, a container, and potting mix. If you don’t have any healthy left over bulbs go on-line. Many bulb companies are still selling spring flowering bulbs and some offer pre-cooled bulbs that are ready to bloom.
Place a layer of potting mix in the bottom of the container. Pack in as many bulbs as you can fit in the container for an impressive display. Cover the bulbs with potting mix and water. Then store the bulbs in the refrigerator or other 35 to 45 degree location. After 15 weeks, move the container to a cool bright location and water as needed.
A bit more information: Add a little something extra. Once the bulbs are planted, sprinkle grass seed over the soil surface. Lightly rake to insure seed-to-soil contact. Then water in. The grass will remain dormant during the cold treatment and start growing once you bring the potted bulbs out of cold storage.