Zone 10 Bulb Planting - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
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Question by setrnerinfla
August 11, 2010
I live in Miami, zone 10. all the fall bulbs, i.e. tulips, daffodils etc. say zone 4-8. Is there anything made for zone 10?

Answer from NGA
August 11, 2010
The most commonly grown spring blooming bulbs (tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth) need a winter chill but that doesn't mean you cannot enjoy them in your zone 10 garden. You'll just need to do a little extra planning and provide a little extra care. When you purchase your bulbs in the fall, set them in the refrigerator until mid-December and then plant them in your garden. When they have finished flowering, cut off the flower stem but allow the foliage to remain until it dies down on its own. At that time dig the bulbs, brush away the excess foliage and store them in a cool, dark place. In the fall place them in your refrigerator for 14-16 weeks, then plant them outdoors.

If you don't want to provide that extra care, you can plant gladiolus, caladiums, Tiger lilies, irises, peonies, and other plants that grow from corms, rhizomes or tubers which can be left in the ground all year around.

Enjoy your garden.

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