Fritillaria Bulbs... - Knowledgebase Question

Beaverton, ON
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Question by sbambridge
April 18, 2002

I am in zone 5 in southern Ontario. We have had one week now of very warm temps (25 c plus) and some rain. I planted the Fritillarias last fall along with Tulips. The tulips are up about 4-5 inches (no blooms yet) but no sign of the Fritillarias at all. Is it too early for them?

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2002
In my experience they bloom simultaneously, but that depends to some extent on the varieties of tulips you are growing. Also, newly planted bulbs can emerge and bloom quite a bit later than normal because they spend some extra time settling in. It is also a bit difficult to get fritillarias growing, they are best planted very fresh and in a location with perfect drainage. If either condition is not met, there may be failure. At this point, I would suggest patience and hope for the best.

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