Tulip planting and care

crisslyon(8b)February 17, 2013

My favorite flowers are tulips and my hubby bought me some potted ones in full bloom for v-day (smart man). I'm not one to grow something that I can't eat or use in some way but I don't want to throw them out. I want to plant them in my perennial herb/medicinal flower bed but I hear they don't come back well here because of the mild winters. Do I....

Let them continue growing in the pots until the foliage dies back then pull and dry the bulbs and store in the fridge until next spring or...

Plant then dig up in the fall for the fridge or....

Whatever way it's supposed to actually be done??? Anyone have any ideas?

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If I were going to try to save them, I would allow them to stay in the pot, with fertilizer of some sort until the foliage turns brown and the bulb is fed for next year.

I would pull them out and allow them to dry. Then I would store in a paper bag in a cool dry place, maybe a closet until October. Then I would chill in the fridge until Christmas and then plant, expecting flower about this time or later next year depending upon the type of tulip you have.

Caveat: When you lift the bulb, you may notice that instead of one big fat bulb, your bulb is more like a head of garlic...lots of little cloves. That is because the growers have allowed your big bulbs to grow but not flower for at least 2 years before they arrived in your pot. You may be disappointed in the flowers next year. Not simply because you went to so much trouble to deny that you live in a warm climate, but because it takes a long time to raise those gorgeous flowers.

Lest you think I am a opposed to tulips, I am in fact a bulbaholic and have planted 2100 tulips, again, this year.

Wishing you happy flowers

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:19PM
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Wow that's a lot of tulips! thanks! Excellent information & I think I'll do just that.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:50PM
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