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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Common names
  • Tulip

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Location: Kalama, Wa.
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-04-11
Location: Kalama, Wa.
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-03-07
Coming up in late winter.

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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 24, 2012 7:23 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 25, 2013 8:15 PM concerning plant:
    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.
Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On April 16, 2016 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On April 18, 2015 Bloomed
piksihk On December 31, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On November 30, 2016 Potted up
round pot
MrsBinWY On August 29, 2021 Transplanted
on 8-29-2021 relocated ~14 bulbs (dug them up toward end of July) to underneath Allium Ex. 'Lavender Bubbles' near Lilium leichtlinii
MrsBinWY On May 10, 2020 Seeds germinated
1
MrsBinWY On December 21, 2019 Seeds sown
big sprinkle of species tulip mix from Joolie's 2019G in milk jug (try 2 months warm, followed by cold). Put outside 3-13-20.
LyraLu On November 6, 2021 Potted up
10 Single early mix (March-April bloom 14-18")
36 Darwin hybrid mix (mid-spring bloom 20-22")
10 Border mix (Late spring bloom 20-24")
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Blue Base by sgardener Dec 7, 2011 10:15 AM 0
Tulipa by valleylynn Jan 25, 2013 2:56 PM 4
Tulip Varieties? by Marilyn Dec 15, 2013 3:05 PM 5
Perfect stage of a tulip and lovely coloring by Bonehead Apr 15, 2014 12:19 AM 1

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