Hurrying Spring: How to Force Bulbs in Your ClassroomWhile waiting for your garden to grow, use this time to grow bulbs experimentally in the classroom. "Forcing" flower bulbs is a way to get the bulbs to grow and bloom indoors-- bringing you an early breath of spring! Forcing tulip bulbs can be a little tricky, so we recommend forcing a bulb that is almost a sure thing--the paperwhite.
Instructions For Forcing Paperwhites
2. Set bulbs, pointed end up, half into pebbles or marbles.
3. Add water to cover the lower one-third of the bulbs.
4. Place in bright light or sunny location.
5. Replenish water as needed to the bottom of bulbs.
6. It should take approximately 3-4 weeks to bloom.
Experiment, Experiment, Experiment!
2) Go through the list you created. Ask students how they might design an experiment to test each variable on the list.
3) How much heat does it take for paperwhites to grow and bloom? You can use the today's "Growing Degree Day" lesson indoors. Ask students to predict GDD values for both paperwhites and tulips. Which plant do they think will require more heat? After the indoor experiments, have students revise their GDD predictions for tulips.