|Hyacinthus orientalis 'Delft Blue' – the camera turns it more purple than the soft blue of real life|
We must, must, must do this every year! It's so easy. To simulate winter's necessary chill, the six were popped into the top shelf of my fridge, bag and all, once their brothers and sisters had been planted outside in October. I admit to laziness in this; some would have potted them up right away.
I got round to that just after New Year, intrigued by a product called SumiSoil on the Lee Valley Tools website. Lee Valley had a free shipping promo for orders over a certain dollar value, and a bag of SumiSoil brought my total to just the right amount. Hmmm. Might be good for forcing, I thought.
So I did a little test, using two of my vintage Beauceware containers – one with SumiSoil (the single bag filled one container) and one with a soilless potting mixture. SumiSoil is made of
|The bulbs in the SumiSoil below, and potting mix, above. Don't you love these containers?|
The green container stayed out of the fridge, placed in a bright, north window to develop, with the pot rotated every few days to keep the new growth straight. Once the flowers in the green pot began to open, the blue one came out of the cold. Now I have hyacinths to feed my soul (and nose) for weeks.