How to Grow Bulbs in a Glass Vase

How to Grow Bulbs in a Glass Vase

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A large outdoor garden is not a necessity for growing flowers from bulbs. Though this traditional way of gardening in a soil-filled outdoor flower bed is fine, not everyone has the space or the green thumb required for the job. Flowers such as narcissus, amaryllis and hyacinths can all grow from the bulb stage hydroponically (in water, without soil) in a glass vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass vase
  • Flower bulbs
  • Ruler
  • Pebbles or glass marbles
  • Scissors
  • Water


    • 1

      Shop for flower bulbs and a vase at the same time to determine what size container you will need. You can plan to cover the bottom surface area of the glass vase with bulbs. Knowing how wide a vase you need will depend how large the bulbs are.

    • 2

      Line the bottom of the vase with 2 to 4 inches of glass marbles or small pebbles. The rock base serves as a stabilizer for your bulbs.

    • 3

      Prepare your flower bulbs by removing any areas of the roots that appear brown and withered, as these parts of the plant are dead. Snip the dead roots off with a scissors and discard.

    • 4

      Put the bulbs (root-side down) on top of the pebbles. Add some more pebbles on top of the bulbs to prevent them from floating away.

    • 5

      Add water to the glass vase only until the bottom inch of the bulbs are covered. The entire bulb should not be submerged in water.

    • 6

      Keep your vase of flower bulbs in warm place that reaches at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but it should not be placed in direct sunlight. The bulbs need to grow shoots before they can tolerate full sun. This process may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. Observe your individual bulbs for the right time: when they've grown shoots.

    • 7

      Water your flower vase as needed when you see the water level going down below the base of the bulbs. You may only need to water a couple times each week when the shoots are young.

    • 8

      Relocate your glass vase to a sunny spot, either indoors or outside once the bulbs have begun to flower. At this time, you can transplant the flowers to an outdoor flower bed if you wish, or you can leave them in the vase.

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