I'm wanting to plant some bulbs up with the kids for Christmas presents - would obviously like them to have started to flower when we give them to people. I was thinking red hyacinths - was planning to plant them up this weekend and keep them warm and dark, is there anything special I need to do?
Or any suggestions for other bulbs that would be better?
Hyacinths, Paperwhite Narcissi (strongly scented), Crocuses all need cool and dark. Garden shed with a cover to keep out the light is fine. Don't forget to keep checking them and bring them in when shoots appear. Make sure you buy the prepared bulbs - they've already gone through an enforced 'winter'. The normal ones won't flower in time. Amarillis are blowsy but lots of people like them. They can be kept in a warm dark place - they don't need the cool stage.
Oh... and what do I do? I keep them in an old fridge!