PLANTING TULIP BULBS IN CONTAINERS IN WARM CLIMATES.
Tulips can grow anywhere!
Do you love the beauty tulips? Have you always thought that growing tulips in warm climate is impossible? WRONG! Tulips are originally from Holland, which means this plant prefers cold climates. The cold period is normally giving by nature when the soil temperature drops below 55 degrees. Although in warm climates where the soil temperature isn’t dropping below 55 degrees you can fool the bulb into thinking they’ve gone through a cold winter underground.
The good thing today is we have the technology to fool tulip bulbs that they are in a cold climate environment. And that technology we will use is the refrigerator in your kitchen.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO GROW TULIPS IN WARM CLIMATES
1. Tulips need a “cooling/chilling period”
Place your bulbs inside a ventilated paper bag and put the bag inside the vegetable tray for 12-16 weeks. Do not store them next to a fruit because all ripening fruits give off ethylene gas which will kill the flowers inside the bulbs. It is very important to planting them right away after taken from the fridge, don’t let them warm up in the sun!
2. Grow healthy roots
Plant the tulips in a pot, water them and place the pot 4-6 weeks in your fridge. Tulips like to be planted in cool soil (32-55 degrees) to make roots. It takes 4-6 weeks to grow healthy roots, after the roots have grown they are ready for warmer temperatures.
Plant tulips in the coolest part of the year. Plant tulips in partial/full shade. Apply two-inch thick layer of mulch to help retain moisture and keep the bulbs cool. Bring the soil temperature down by regular watering, the soil should be moist.
See video above to know how to plant the pre-cooled bulbs in containers and what tools/products to use to achieve healthy beautiful tulip plants.
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