To communicate to the bulb that spring is here early, begin by placing it in a warm, dark place but leave it un-watered until a shoot emerges, which usually takes about two weeks. At this point, bring the bulb into a warm, bright room and keep the compost regularly moist, mimicking the conditions of natural spring. Be careful, however, not to waterlog the soil as this could cause the bulb to rot.
The artificial warmth of your indoor environment should have the bulb producing flowers within six to eight weeks—just as the kids are starting to open their advent calendars!
The flowers usually last for four to six weeks and will be extended if you keep them in a cooler, but no less bright room.