Naturalizing Wild Tulips

evonnestoryteller(5-6)September 5, 2009

I just purchased many wild tulip bulbs. I am reading they do best naturalized and are about the size of crocus. Can they be naturalized into a lawn? I would want to make sure that the greeery part would be done by the time to spring mow comes around.

I did not purchase them from the link above, but it gives a good write up.

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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

I put mine in my sloped perennial/rock garden inbetween or among later blooming flowers. That way I don't have to worry about leaving grass uncut for bulbs to ripen or the small tulips not showing above the grass. Many of the so-called wild or species tulips are fairly small with short stems, so are easily "lost" in the grass.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 1:09PM
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I've also used them in woodland gardens - mixed beds that are partly shady. They're more likely to perennialize than "regular" tulips, but I still find that they don't actually naturalize, which to me means "spread." They're short-lived bulbs in my garden, but that may be because I haven't treated them especially well.

I believe that, like other tulips, they like to be quite dry in summer. That's OK if you don't water your lawn. I do think that to get a good show from them, you'd want to put them somewhere where you can provide exactly what makes them happy.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 4:30PM
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Thanks for the responses. I have to think about where to plant them. I may try a few here and there to see where they do best.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2009 at 9:30PM
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