Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll!

Since the holiday season is officially underway, I decided to bust out my favorite gift – the gift of flowers. Flower bulbs, that is.

My regular readers are well versed in my love of giving flower bulbs as gifts to friends and family members (I love receiving them, too, haha!). But for any newbies out there, I’ll walk you through the steps.

First, the phrase “forcing flower bulbs” is a bit of a misnomer, as there’s nothing forceful about the process. Flower bulbs grow easily in water. Here’s what I do:

Step One: Buy decorative glass stones or marbles. (I got these at the dollar store.)

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Step Two: Buy the flower bulbs. (These were 50% off because I bought them in early November.) Hyacinth bulbs seem to be the most reliable, plus the flowers have a heavenly scent.

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Step Three: Find leak-proof containers. (I got these from a thrift store.)

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Step Four: Put the stones in the containers.

Step Five: Place a bulb on top of the stones.

Step Six: Fill each container with water.

Step Seven: Find a sunny spot for the containers.

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That’s it. You’re done. The bulbs are ready to be given away as gifts.

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Thoughtful, heartfelt gifts for your Nature-loving friends and family.

The bulbs will take several weeks to actually bloom. But they’ll start rooting almost immediately after touching water. I created these bulb containers yesterday afternoon, and look how much the roots have grown in less than 24 hours:

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I’ll probably hold on to the containers for a week or two, until I see green tips emerging from the bulbs (the above bulb came out of the bag already green). Then I’ll give them away to the people I know love flowers as much as I do. Which is just about everyone I know!

I’m also going to try my luck at forcing Daffodil bulbs, since my cousin was nice enough to include some when he sent me the Amaryllis bulb. I’ve tried Daffodil bulbs indoors before, with no luck, but it’s worth trying again. If they work, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing 10,000 photos of the flowers in the coming weeks.

What about you? Do you have a favorite Nature-inspired gift idea for the holidays? I’m interested in hearing about it if you feel like sharing.

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Good To Grow is an Albuquerque-based interior and exterior landscaping service. We use plants and flowers to decorate offices, homes and patios around the city. We also offer memorial garden services, meaning that when a loved one passes, we can plant a customized garden in his or her honor. If the person who passed was an avid cook, we can plant an herb garden to honor that person’s memory. If a Veteran dies, we can plant a red, white, and blue perennial flower garden. If you lost a beloved pet, we can plant a garden around the burial site.

If you’d like to know more about the landscaping or memorial garden services offered, please send an email to lizatheplantlady at gmail dot com. Thank you for your consideration.

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