tulip bulbs, timing for Easter , and flowering

BillbulbsFebruary 22, 2012

I now have a couple thousand Darwin and Pastel type tulip bulbs in cold storeage,,my idea was to pot them and have then ready for bloom to sell for Easter....I have a small greenhouse that stays around 60 inside now ...i need to know when to plant them ,so they are flowering or ready to, the week before or of Easter to sell them ,,, also any other info. i could use to make this idea work ,,, thanx to anyone that can point me in the right direction :) BILL

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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I admire your ambition. Sure you have enough room in a small greenhouse for thousands of bulbs? I guess you'll find out soon enough as your plan falls into place. (Obviously you know that you have to get a move on it as Easter approaches.... there's always mother's day I guess)

Timing and temperature control will probably be your biggest issue, knowing the exact variety will help, darwin mixed or pastel mixed isn't really enough info, especially if you just grabbed a couple bags of bulbs at Costco or sam's.

Here's a link for Easter forcing of precooled bulbs. Good luck!

.....Garden web is not accepting the link I added, you'll have to cut and paste....
http://www.netherlandbulb.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.showpage/pageID/121/index.htm

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 5:41PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kato's bulb forcing link made clickable

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 8:51AM
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shflower

Hi,I am in warmer zone than yours & weather has been warmer than usual even for my region ,I planted Darwin hybrid tulips Ollioules,Big chief on 19 th Nov last year in my yard & they are in full bloom now ,also the May flowering/single late tulips "renown" planted on 6th November are also starting to open in my garden , so I am guessing they take 4& half months in outside weather. since you are forcing them in warmer conditions, they'll probably bloom in 2-3 months after planting (my guess)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 5:35PM
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