2nd year tulips - some with flowers, some only with leaves

marni37March 4, 2009

I planted lots of tulip bulbs last year for the first time. I let the leaves die back, and then I took them out and stored them. Last autumn I replanted them in pots, 5 to a pot. A lot of the bulbs have flowers, but perhaps 25 percent have only leaves. Should I discard them, or should I see if little bulblets grow on them. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I measure my bulbs and only replant those 12cm in circumference or larger to lesson the chance of non bloomers. The smaller bulbs can be saved in a nursery bed to increase the size for future blooming. I also must refrigerate my tulips for at lease 6 weeks before planting. Al

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 8:32AM
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Thank you calistoga for that advice.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 12:25PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

calistoga, when you refrigerate your bulbs, do you place them in the ice box or the lower section? I want to place them in the freezing section, but I am not sure.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 1:19PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

snasxs, do not freeze your bulbs. I have a small refrigerator in the garage used just for gardening. In your regular refrigerator the fresh fruit emit gasses that can prevent the tulips from blooming when planted. Al

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 8:30AM
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