Exploring the world of paperwhites, potted hyacinths, and more, award-winning garden writer Katherine Whiteside combines hands-on how-to with a flower lover's enthusiasm in a forcing primer that's as complete as it is glorious.
Organized by plant type, Forcing, etc. covers dozens of common and exotic plants that are readily available and easily growable for the indoor gardener. Here are step-by-step instructions demystifying the techniques of forcing bulbs into bloom by simulating autumn, deep winter, and early spring in an accelerated time frame. Of tricking bare branches and twigs to blossom in the house -- weeks or even months before their scheduled time. Of potting up and water forcing. And of raising -- and propagating -- favorite indoor plants. There are unexpected ideas for choosing the right containers throughout, and an appendix offering a mail-order listing of sources for both plants and unusual ornamental materials.
I was looking for a book to help me further understand the forcing process of a variety of bulbs, especially the amaryllis. The photos provide a great pairing of the information given and the visual needed to be successful. I found this book to be a very worthwhile resource.