ANYBODY wanting to have bulbs in flower in the house by Christmas should begin to think about planting them nowthough if they are to be grown as Christmas presents for others, start them a few weeks later so that they can be given away when the green is first showing, allowing the recipient to have the fun of watching them develop.
Where bulbs are grown indoors, it is best to confine oneself to those that are grown most easilyscales and snowdrops, tulips and hyacinths, and, for those that like the tall stems and leaves. narcissi and daffodils. The little iris reticulate is a joy to have indoors but no iris cares to be moved about; if a sunny, draught-proof place can be found for it, well away from gas or electric fire, there it should remain.
Fibre is the pleasantest material to deal with for indoor bulb growing, and there is a new preparation on sale now, done up in containers that hold sufficient for three medium-sized bowls.
Plant the bulbs so that they do not touch each other, and keep to one variety for each bowl, otherwise the two lots may flower at different times. The bulbs must be kept in the cool and the dark for at least eight weeks to ensure good rooting. Keep slightly moist during this time but never allow to get really wet. When the tulbs start to sprout, bring gradually into warmth and light.