Anemones make a beautiful indoor display, particularly at Christmas time. If you want to create a festive display of anemones, you’ll need to ‘force’ the corms approximately 20 weeks ahead of the big occasion.
In nature, spring bulbs and corms spend the winter underground in the cold and dark, which breaks their dormancy, then warmer weather signals spring and flowering time. By forcing, you mimic this process, covering and leaving the bulbs in a fridge or cold place before bringing them into the warm.
Bulbs need enough time in the cold and dark for the root system to develop and support flowering. Use a thermometer to ascertain that your shed or garden is cold enough (it should be around 10°C). Once inside, place the bulbs or corms in a cool, north-facing window to make them last longer.
Try forcing other spring bulbs, such as Narcissus ‘Hugh Town’, ‘Itzim’ or ‘Rip van Winkle’, Galanthus nivalis or the grape hyacinth, Muscari aucheri ‘Blue Magic’.