The best thing about tazettas is that you can grow them without dirt; in fact, you should. The bulbs can’t sit in water; using pebbles in a clear glass container lets you make sure they’re not.
There’s something perverse and kind of cool about using deliberately non-organic media for these; lately, I’ve been toying with all kinds of colored glass. At first I stuck to plain colors, but last year I moved to metallic and two-tone, and today I found some squiggle-shaped “accent glass.” Tacky? Sure. But fun. River stones are earthier; sea shells work fine too.
Another area for experimentation is the vessel. We all know that these have tall, floppy stems, so the thing to do is use a tall vase where at least half the stem will be supported, like a bouquet. And there again, I’ve been creeping toward the extremes. The tallest vase I have is three feet, and I suspect a tall, square vase would be chic.
It should be obvious that these are excellent gift ideas; I’ve been using them at holiday time for years, and the recipients often email me images when the flowers finally bloom. Which they do, as the image above from my winter plant room shows.
Look, I know I sound like a tazetta pimp. But I do it for all those who have to endure four months or more without a garden. Someday, like Michele, I’ll have a greenhouse, but for now houseplants and bulb-forcing are my winter story, and I’m sticking to it.