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Bulbs for cutting

Posted by gaia6b z6B MA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 19, 10 at 12:10

Hi bulbs people - I usually post on the perennials forum and don't have much experience with bulbs. I have a 6X6 sunny plot and want to plant as many tulips as possible in that space so they can be harvested for my daughter's spring wedding. How many do you think will fit safely in that space? Thank you.


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RE: Bulbs for cutting

With @36 sq. ft. you can pack in quite a few. Probably 180-200 bulbs planted at least 3" apart. Note that this is not an exact calculation.

When you're planting for a date specific event be sure you have a back up plan - a florist or even the fresh flower carts at Costco or Sam's Club. And protect them from deer and rabbits who love to nip the buds. There are a lot of variables that can impact tulips blooming by a specific date - weather is just one and the type if tulip is another. Do a little web searching for early, midseason and late blooming tulip varieties.


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RE: Bulbs for cutting

Tulips according to the temp. will either bloom very quickly or slowly, not only could they bloom too fast but they could also open way too slow. I would for sure have a backup plan like was stated.


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