Potted Tulips

empressjenf(6b PA)April 10, 2013

My mom's boyfriend gave her potted tulips for Easter. Because I have a cat who is a trouble maker and an older kitten still in training, the tulips have to stay in the basement. I told my mom I will plant them in the garden when we know the cold weather is done for the year. However, everything I've read says to wait until after the flowers die before planting.

My question is how soon can I plant these? We don't get to enjoy them unless one of us is doing laundry or I am getting gardening supplies out of the basement. I can't set them on the front porch since there are a few neighbor kids who I'm sure would take them home as a gift to their mother. The tulips don't get much sun in the basement, if any, and it is fairly damp down there. The temperature is supposed to drop Thursday night/Friday morning, then go back up to normal spring temperatures. If I can, I'd like to plant the tulips this weekend.

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

No reason not to plunge the entire mass into the ground and give a good soak ASAP.

They may or may not flower next year. Only certain groups of tulips are reliable naturalizers. I have had a dbl. lavender for at least 6 yrs. that will bloom every odd year or so.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 10:36PM
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freki(5a)

In zone 6 a lot more tulips are reliable than zone 9.

1) let the plants die down naturally (outside is fine)
2) remove the bulbs from the pot and *store them* in a paper bag.
3) plant the bulbs in late fall/early winter.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:33PM
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