Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!

 
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Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Monday, March 22, 2021, 1:17 PM
 

In horticulture, we can "force" plants to grow or bloom out of season. What image comes to mind when you think of "forcing blooms"?  Consider the details - what could be involved? What could go wrong? Talk about your ideas with your family. Draw a picture! It is okay to take this in a light or serious way. 

 Share your response to this question below, and comment on the response from at least one other person.

 
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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Heidi Andersen - Sunday, January 17, 2021, 3:19 PM
 

Water, soil, fertilizer, light and the plant are involved in growing the plant. It could die, or not grow properly. We could also use the wrong fertilizer or not give it enough sunlight.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Sunday, January 17, 2021, 5:57 PM
 

Good ideas Heidi + fam!  Nutrients are definitely part of the equation.  This makes me think of we can sometimes encourage (though force is a strong word) others to do something with nutrients (like ice cream, or a special meal) :)

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Nancy Searles - Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:37 AM
 

Good Luck Heidi finding the right amount of sunlight.   We think water will be our biggest challenge.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Samantha Legg - Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:43 PM
 

We thought the same things but did not think of fertilizer! What an important factor in growing plants successfully! 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jessica Conklin - Sunday, January 24, 2021, 11:05 AM
 

Heidi we are also thinking that our source of sunlight might effect our growth.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Nancy Searles - Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:35 AM
 

One of the things involved is changing the temperature so it can grow.  Something that could go wrong is that we could forget, to water it or over water the plant.


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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jody Marnell - Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:23 PM
 

I know it will be easier to find a cool place then a consistent warm place in our house 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Danielle Main - Monday, January 18, 2021, 7:17 PM
 

Great picture! Wishing you good success! Looks like you are off to a great start.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:32 AM
 

Absolutely!  Awesome pic!!!

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jody Marnell - Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:54 PM
 

Fingers crossed, I have a tendency to forget to water things :)


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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:33 AM
 

fingers and toes crossed :)  I try to do Sat mornings...my brain needs consistency to remember things :)  Looks great!

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Danielle Main - Monday, January 18, 2021, 7:15 PM
 

Our 8-year-old pictures himself pleading with the plants "Bloom already!!!" when he thinks of forcing plants to bloom out of season:-)

Water, soil, sunlight, and space will likely be needed as encouragement. Not meeting its needs for these things could definitely cause some trouble. Probably, a place with a consistent temperature will be the hardest part in this old house. 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:54 AM
 

Right!?  Love this.  "Forcing" is not a word we use a lot...so funny to use it related to plants.  

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jennifer Perine - Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:11 PM
 

Patience is going to be a factor in our experiment as well! (8 and 4 years). How often can/should we touch the bulbs as well?! haha... 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Samantha Legg - Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:41 PM
 
When we think of forcing blooms, we think of planting flowers in winter or anytime of year when a flower wouldn't naturally bloom and creating our own environment inside to help the flowers grow! Something that could go wrong is that they do not bloom and they die instead. We think that good light, soil and enough water will be important factors in this process.
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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jody Marnell - Friday, January 22, 2021, 6:18 AM
 

Great plan! Good luck

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Celeste Carmichael - Saturday, January 23, 2021, 5:48 PM
 

Sounds like a good plan :)

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jessica Conklin - Sunday, January 24, 2021, 11:02 AM
 

We stated by watching the video with Zach age 13 and Thomas age 8. We talked about what "forcing blooms" means to them. 

Zach mentioned that he thinks of house plants when he thinks of forced blooms. Thomas agreed that it also means making a plant grow. 

Zach answer to What could go wrong was not enough sun light. Tom mentioned not enough water and soil could cause problems.

A question Zach had was is the air too dry this time of year and will we have to water more frequently than if we planted them outside.



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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jennifer Perine - Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:09 PM
 

Hi Mrs. Conklin and family, 

We really admire your ideas, we also think that we may have to water more frequently because the air is warm and dry in our house. Tell Thomas Judson says "Hi!" 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Jennifer Perine - Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:03 PM
 

We think the plants will require a lot of water and warmth and sunlight to grow. "Flowers are smart, it may be warm inside, but they're going to want some sunlight too." Our grandma says we also have to talk to the plants to "encourage (force) them to grow." 


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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Cindy Grey - Monday, January 25, 2021, 8:11 AM
 

Lucas and I are thinking all the same things. We are worried about dryness in our house due to our heat source..coal stove! We have not forced plants before but are really looking forward to seeing some flowers in the winter! 

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Sarah Birmingham - Monday, January 25, 2021, 9:22 PM
 

Talking it over with Ryan, he thinks "forcing" is just helping the plant grow in a different time than it would in nature. Sunlight was our concern too- might need to move the planter to make sure the plant grows straight as it reaches for the minimal sunlight.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Steph Annear - Saturday, January 30, 2021, 5:08 PM
 

"What image comes to mind when you think of 'forcing blooms'?"
Gannon: I think of pushing a tree.
Soren: You can't force a tree to grow inside the house! I think of a bulb and pushing a bulb.
Steph: I think of tricking the bulb. Do you think we trick the bulb?
Soren: When it's out of season and winter you put it in a place that doesn't have direct sunlight and then put in direct sunlight and it has to be warmer than outside.


In an update, our bulbs are growing well. The glass containers are fun for seeing the roots. Here are some photos.

I don't know for sure how to find a forsythia in winter. Does anyone in Geneva have extra clippings available?

Also, we have lots of cuttings (always) from our wandering tradescantia zebrina (pictured) if anyone wants a new houseplant. They are pretty and easy to care for/divide/cut back.




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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Abigail Marnell - Monday, February 1, 2021, 9:25 PM
 

How very neat to see the roots growing through your clear containers!  I imagined bulbs having more or less one tap root, so it is interesting to see otherwise.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Abigail Marnell - Monday, February 1, 2021, 9:19 PM
 
By the name, we thought forcing blooms might be a little more involved than just planting them inside. I decided to call the process "encouraging blooms" instead for a more peaceful image.  :)
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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Abigail Marnell - Monday, February 1, 2021, 9:57 PM
 

Here are our bulbs... the bigger blue pot for us and three as Valentine gifts from Josie to family.


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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Ruth/Ray Schussler - Monday, February 8, 2021, 12:40 PM
 

The excitement of having the bulbs grow has been fun. William  (8)thought forcing a bulb might hurt it, while James (6) just thought it was neat. Eleanor (4) loves to see the roots grow. The idea of forcing  a bulb to grow is a hard concept for her.

They also predicted whether or not the bulbs that had crooked stems would continue to grow crooked or straighten out. Is it phototropism or geotropism that has them growing straight and strong?  It's a lovely sight to see with all the snow around.

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by Ruth/Ray Schussler - Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 8:42 AM
 

follow up - here's what they look like - all is working according to planforcing bulbs success!

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First blossom
by Cindy Grey - Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 8:33 AM
 

Flower

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Re: First blossom
by Jody Marnell - Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:13 AM
 

Exciting


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Re: First blossom
by Jessica Conklin - Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 6:23 AM
 

Looking good!

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Re: Discussion: "Forcing" blooms...what a concept!
by CHERYL HORIHAN - Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 11:54 AM
 

Flowers are blooming!

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