I planted a dozen bulbs in a shallow blue bowl
and hope they will look like this....
or perhaps a little shorter if we use the alcohol treatment!
I think I mentioned the alcohol treatment before.
It is recommended following the results of a research program
conducted by William A. Miller, Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University
and a number of his students.
Here is the gen.....
Plant the bulbs in stones and water, as usual
After a week, when the roots have started to spread,
pour off the water and replace it with a solution of 4 to 6% alcohol
made from HARD liquor (this is important)
To get a 5% solution from a 40% distilled spirit you add one part of alcohol
to 7 parts of water, and use this solution for further watering as needed.
Moderation is the keyword, - don't increase the percentage
of alcohol above 10%!
Plants suffer from alcohol poisoning too!
Rubbing alcohol works just as well, if you can't bear to use your scotch or rum
on a bowl of bulbs, but as it is usually 70% alcohol
when bought 1 part of alcohol to 10 or 11 parts of water
I rather liked the idea of individual bulbs in glasses, on a window sill
or in front of a mirror - perhaps I will see if we can go to the plant shop tomorrow
when we go to town.....????