Tulips in Florida - Knowledgebase Question

debary, FL
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Question by ereilly0
November 13, 1997
I am planting tulips in central Florida in large urns to avoid in-ground pests. Do I need to refrigerate the bulbs each year and replant them in spring to maintain blossoming?

Answer from NGA
November 13, 1997
You live at the southern edge of the tulip s growing range, so even if you baby them, they probably won t repeat bloom reliably. Even under ideal conditions, hybrid tulips run out fairly quickly. To maximize bloom, chill them in the fridge for 8-10 weeks, and then slowly move them from a sheltered, partially-shaded area in your yard to full sun, so they won't be shocked by the change in climate.

For the future, I recommend growing species tulips,which need little care and are reilable repeat bloomers. Check out the National Gardening Magazine article at http://www2.garden.org/nga/EDI... for information on growing, and to find the varieties that grow best in your area (USDA Zone 9). Enjoy!

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