How long will it take...

haxuan(Vietnam)January 15, 2012

... for tulips to bloom from the time they sprout?

I've planted five tulip bulbs in a pot. They are sprouting now.

I wonder how long they will take to bloom from this stage.

Many thanks for your answer.


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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

That very much depends on the temperature, light and weather conditions. In cool temps they could sit for weeks on end at a couple of inches high. I have some in pots here which were up well before Christmas but I don't expect flowers until March. Once they're flowering they may be over in a day or two if it is hot and/or windy. If it is cool,still and damp an individual bloom could last a couple of weeks. Also, since you are in Vietnam, have your tulips been given the necessary chill period? (Others can give you the low down on this, I have no experience of it as they don't need it where I live.) I'm assuming they're outdoors - if not can you let us know?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 6:26AM
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Hello Flora, thank you very much for replying to my post.

I'm in Vietnam but up on the mountain so the weather is quite cool this time of year (14-15oC).

Yes, the tulip bulbs I have were put in the fridge for several weeks before planting so I hope they were properly chilled.

I planted the bulbs about two weeks ago and they have now sprouted. The pot is outside, on the patio, where temperature at night is around 12-13oC.

Here's a photo showing the tip of one of the bulbs.

Again, thank you Flora.


    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 11:06AM
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Are tulips one of those plants that require certain 'daylight' hours to blossom? Does Vietnam have much fluctuation in seasonal daylength?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2012 at 6:11PM
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I would expect it to take about 4-5 weeks; that is a guess.

The temperature you describe is very warm for tulips; typically it would still freeze a few nights a week in early spring in the temperate climates tulips are adapted to.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2012 at 1:46AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Just as an idea Xuan, the temp here has varied between 0c and 13c this month and my tulips look much like yours. (Only two nights so far @ 0c here. )But it will be quite a few weeks before they flower. I expect yours will be quicker as pizzuti guessed.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2012 at 1:39PM
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