The Main Plant entry for Tulips (Tulipa)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Takes about 6 years from seed to flower.
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Jan 24, 2012 7:23 PM

I love Tulips, but didn't like the critters eating the bulbs after I planted them. So, I did some searching on the internet and found that by adding some crushed oyster shells, I could grow Tulips. The oyster shells are gritty and that deters the critters.

The place that I found the crushed oyster shells was at White Flower Farm and I've ordered them twice from WFF for the past two years. http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com...

Since I was layering different bulbs into the holes, I added the crushed oyster shells throughout, since some of the bulbs weren't listed as deer resistant. I didn't lose a single bulb! All my Tulips came up, as well as all the other bulbs in the past two years! Of course, I had to plant new Tulips the second year.

In addition to deterring critters, the crushed oyster shells have some other added benefits to the garden. They add calcium and some minerals, help prevent water-logged soil in containers, and help neutralize soil acidity for tomato and vegetable gardens.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 25, 2013 8:15 PM

Tulips are my favorite flowers. They come in all flower forms, singles and doubles, and in a wide array of vivid colors. You can have them from very early blooming until extra late blooming.

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