Tullip Bulbs Are Sprouting - Knowledgebase Question

Trumansburg, NY
Question by vmeeker1974
March 27, 2001
I have some tullip bulbs that I didn't get planted last fall. They are in a plastic bag and are starting to sprout. Can I plant them indoors. If they can be planted indoors, what type of soil should I get? Should I add anything to the soil? How deep should they be planted?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2001


It is very late (end March)to try to force these bulbs, mainly because they need a chilling period of several months in order to grow and bloom like they should. You could try it, since the alternative is to throw them away. Place them in a pot of soilless potting mix, using a pot with drainage holes in the bottom. Water the bulbs and place them in a cool location as would be found in a refrigerator. Leave them there for approximately three months, checking occasionally for roots emerging from the bottom and growth tips. When you see roots, bring the pot up into a bright cool area (where you will find this in mid summer I am not sure) where it will bloom in several weeks to a month.

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