Return to the Northern Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Perennial tulips in NYC

Posted by dssguy99 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 21, 13 at 9:54

Over the past few years our gardener planted tulips and we were told that in NYC they were NOT perennial. Today I received the Jung Seed magazine and I see that have a "Delight Mix Darwin Hybrid" that they claim "These strong, sturdy tulips are among the best for perennializing in zones 3-8". You can see from the picture the tulips we had this year (this was at the end of the spring as they were on their way out), and I'm wondering if anyone knows if the "Darwin" ones are actually perennial and come back nice and big every year.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Perennial tulips in NYC

Tulips of any sort can be left in the ground year round and they will come back year after year. They will have to be dug up occasionally and separated but not for a few years. The bulbs produce little bulblets that will bloom in a few years so they can get very crowded after a while.

Your blurb said perennializing, not perennial. Perennializing is simply leaving the bulbs in the ground and not digging them up after they bloom.

In order to have them bloom year after year you must leave the foliage until it browns and dies. Fertilize with bulb fertilizer when the flowers are in bud and again in the fall.

I plant in groups of 5 in a circle throughout the bed. When the flowers are finished I loosely tie them upright with a Velcro tie. Don't tie them tightly. Then I plant petunias around the bulb circle. When the foliage is done the petunias spread over the spot where the bulbs are. This serves a couple of purposes. It covers what would be bare ground and since it is the only place I plant petunias I always know where my bulbs are. This is good if I ever want to change their location.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Northern Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here