I thought that I had patience, but this is ridiculous. I started these bulbs right after Christmas. I bought six for easy forcing in the house. I put three in dirt downstairs a couple of weeks ago. This is how far the ones in water have grown. At this rate, they should bloom about the time they are blooming outside :) The ones in the basement broke ground in just a couple of days and are starting to shoot up. I wanted that "little glimpse of heaven in February" like the advertisement told. I kept them in the darker basement area till the roots were two inches long and then brought them out into the light and warmer upstairs. I bought bulbs that were ready for forcing.....I thought. Well, we gardeners learn patience in our gardening...you'd think that I (in my 70's) would have all the patience in the world....but as I said in the beginning...this is ridiculous.