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Dec 16, 2017 2:44 PM CST
I bought some tulip bulbs for the purpose of forcing them. They've been in the fridge for about 6 weeks or so. The fridge maintains a temperature of 35-45 °F. I went to check on them this afternoon and they are shooting green buds already! Are they ready to go, or shall I leave them be for awhile yet? They are all Darwin hybrids.
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Name: Lin
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Dec 16, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Tulips don't grow here in Florida Sad and I don't know a thing about forcing the bulbs but I found this article on the subject (by a knowledgeable member) that you might find of interest:
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Name: Sue
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Dec 16, 2017 9:53 PM CST
I used to force bulbs when I lived in WA. I'd go ahead and plant them now that they're growing. Enjoy! What fun! I used to force crocus in little pots as Christmas gifts for people. They're easy and cheap gifts that everybody enjoys.
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Dec 17, 2017 9:21 AM CST
Please to read the above linked article specifically. You cannot take your "sprouting" bulbs that are in the fridge and plant them directly in room temperature. As recommended, the month of cool temp will get the roots going before the sprout takes off. This is critical for healthy growth. It will be a great learning experience for you, whatever your method. Darwins are not a very good choice for forcing unless you have cool (45-55F) temp to grow in. They will grow very tall and will need some kind of staking. Be ready. Even the (better choice) naturally shorter growing ones may fall over.

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