Wildflower Tulips: Other tulips---

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VA
BonniePega
Sep 9, 2017 6:09 AM CST
Darwin Hybrid tulips are a cross between late Darwin tulips and early Fosteriana tulips. They have the large flowers and height of their Darwin parent but the vigor of their botanical parent. Here in Central Virginia (the land of hungry chipmunks, and squirrels--and hot humid summers) I recommend planting the actually "wild" or specie tulips about 8 inches deep and sprinkling cayenne pepper flakes on top to deter digging. Darwin Hybrid's I'll plant 10 to 12 inches deep. Yes, that's deep but not only do they not get eaten or dug up by critters, getting them a bit deeper protects them a little from getting baked in the summer sun. I feed my Darwin Hybrids every October (my bulb growers recommend early fall--after the first cool nights). They have come back reliably for me for the last six years. I've also found that they really REALLY prefer to be VERY dry over the summers. If you plant them in a regular flower bed where you then tuck in summer annuals that you water every day--or that get deluged by inground sprinklers--they will rot. Because they are truly dormant over the summer, they have no roots to absorb the water so just "sit" there.

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