When we have a very warm winter, I buy large bags of ice and pour the ice over the tulips. 2 applications of ice in mid February should do the trick. This has worked for me in central CA for over 20 years, and I have not lost a tulip!
By Elizabeth K. from Salinas, CA
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: fall
Height: 4" to 30"
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Soil: rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 3 to 8
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower: A variety of brilliant solid and mixed color patterns (except blue); saucer-shaped with 6 petals (except doubles); 400+ cultivars.
Foliage: Blue-green, smooth, thick, upright leaves with a blade-like shape; 6 to 10 inches long
Suggested Use: Beds, borders, cut flowers, walkways and mass plantings
By Ellen Brown
I am wanting tulips in flower in pots for table decorations for May 19th! I have bought 'Donald Duck' (Greigii) variety which states that there will be flowers in May (12 ins) and 'Double Red Riding Hood' (Greigii), with flowers Apr/May (12 ins). I realise it is impossible to be sure about the timing, but could you advise when to plant them. I shall be very grateful and certainly wouldn't blame you if it doesn't work! Thanks.
By Nesta R from Manchester UK
I live in Long Barn California. Currently the ground is covered by 1 foot or so of snow. The ground has defrosted a little now where the dirt is workable. Can I plant my tulip bulbs now, Feb 2013?
By Cori A.
Last year I planted a lot of tulip bulbs in a partly shady spot. They bloomed beautifully. This year the foliage is huge and falling over. About one fourth of the flowers bloomed, but they're small. Any suggestions?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Julie from Lexington, KY