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Zone 8b/9a - too early to plant tulips in pots?

Posted by sjp8987 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 14, 09 at 22:32

Hello all,

I bought some tulip bulbs last spring that flowered and went dormant after continuing to grow after the flowers had spent. Once the leaves died, i dug them up, let them dry off a little, then put them in the fridge. They've been in the fridge for about 3 months now and one of them is staring to sprout. Is it too early (Oct 14) to plant them in pots? They are small bulbs so I think they should be okay in a pot.

Any advice is appreciated - I'm in Houston Texas


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RE: Zone 8b/9a - too early to plant tulips in pots?

If one of them has already sprouted in the refrigerator, it's probably ok to plant it now, although it might grow really soon. But I'd hold off planting the others until December. On the other hand, you might want to check with a plant shop in your area more familiar with your warm climate.


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RE: Zone 8b/9a - too early to plant tulips in pots?

Yes go ahead and plant them now. The refrigerator over the long run will desiccate or dry out the bulbs. As you describe the bulbs as small they may not bloom for you, but if not planted they will be even smaller soon. Al


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