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Dec 26, 2013 8:00 PM CST
|Happy to find this forum. I've found out I have more bulbs than I thought I did and I belong here more than I knew! I can't wait to read up and learn.
But to the current task at hand, I have just received a vase full of tulip bulbs rooted in water. I have never grown tulips. What should I do with them? Will they bloom in the vase? Will they bloom indoors? Do they need soil? I am a bit short on sunshine but at least with the deciduous tree out front, there are spots of sunlight that I can find . I am in EastTexas/Zone 9a and the current daily temp is around 60º. TIA
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Dec 27, 2013 7:32 AM CST
|I've never forced bulbs in water, simply because I doubt I'd be vigilant enough to keep the water at a proper level for their entire growing cycle, but if your gift bulbs were pre-chilled for the proper length of time, then they should bloom. Water needs to be maintained at just below the bulbs, not touching them, and bright, indirect light can be sufficient for growth and flowers.
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Dec 27, 2013 9:48 AM CST
|I don't know anything about advising you for the immediate show, but tulips don't get enough chill time to go in the ground permanently where you are. You can follow the instructions out there for saving them in warmer climates, or enjoy them as a one-time thing.
And you're right, one could fill a landscape in the south with nothing but bulb plants!
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