Tulips not blooming

beachlover2April 1, 2010

My tulips have been in the ground for 3 years. The first year they bloomed great. The second year they came up and had healthy leaves but no blooms. This year they are up and really green but only two blooms out of a whole row. What is the problem?

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Most tulips are not the perennial variety and will not return and bloom much after the first good spring bloom. They should just be yanked and treated as annuals.

See this thread for more info...Best Tulip for year after year returns?

I planted 5 Pink Impression (a Darwin Hybrid) in the fall of 2008 and had 5 blooms in 2009. This year those same 5 bulbs are putting up 10 buds.


    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 3:41PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Beachlover ~ what zone are you?

Tulip bulbs split. When the splits grow large enuf they bloom again. In warm zones they just disappear.

Read the post down the page a bit - Best Tulip for year after year returns?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 11:27PM
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greygardener(7b NC)

I'm in 7b and have the same problem. I've heard that Tulips really only are "good" for about two years, then you'll need to replace. Is why I don't grow so many of them anymore.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 4:38PM
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I am in Alabama in zone 7.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 10:40PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Zone 7 should be excellent for Darwins. Colder winters than here.

Apricot Beauty is my favorite. Unfortunately it's in the triumph group and doesn't give any bloom the 2nd year. I've heard other people in colder zones saying the same. So I'm avoiding triumphs.

It takes some research to find out to what group a tulip belongs. Some Darwins are Appledoorn, Red Impression & Pink Impression.

God luck with the Darwins!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 4:00AM
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