species tulips

schmidtkoffApril 23, 2011

hello everyone - i know this is still spring everyone (including myself) is probably frantically trying to plant out, repot etc. before the awful heat of zone 8b.

i hope i'm not too off topic here but i am also planning for fall bulb plantings. has anyone planted species tulips in the charleston area? the southern living garden book says species tulips take the heat better and bloom reliably for years. any help appreciated.

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alex_7b(7b/8a)

I don't even see tulips in z7b. Is there enough chill in z8b? Your growing season is about 270 days.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 6:54PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Alex, species tulips are notable in that many of them don't require a chilling period, or at least not much of one.

schmidtkoff, I've not played with the species tulips much so I don't have much personal experience to share with you. It might be helpful to contact the Charleston Parks department with your question. JoAnn Breland is the Superintendent of Horticulture, and Danny Burbage is the Director of Urban Forestry (among other things). Email me via 'my page' and I'll give you their phone numbers. Danny is a very good friend of mine.

You might also want to contact Bob Polomski who is the head of Consumer Horticulture at Clemson (and a good friend).

Danny and JoAnn might be able to hook you up directly with local horticulturists who know all about these bulbs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 3:13PM
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browneyedsusan_gw(8a)

Tulip bakeri, Crocus thommasianus, White Flower Farm's daffodil mix for Southern Gardens, bearded irises, Siberian irises and Louisiana irises do well in my garden (Birmingham Al, zone 7b).

Susan

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 11:27AM
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schmidtkoff

thanks everyone, especially rhizo. i live around the summerville area and we have a local clemson office here. will call in am. why didn't i think of that? lol. thanks.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 7:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If they twiddle their thumbs in that office, be sure to contact me so that I can hook you up with folks who might be able to help.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 10:39PM
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pete_the_stick(9)

So I guess that as I live right down on the gulf coast near Galveston that Tulips will not grow for me unless I dig them up every year and leave them in the fridge for 6-8 weeks???
I cannot see she who shall be obeyed agreeing to this..grrr.
Unless you folk out there know of any Tulips that will grow down here?

Hoping for some positive news

Regards

Alan

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 1:23AM
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