Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm.

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure.

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how:  thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulipsMost tulips like to have at least 12-14 weeks of a “cold period” to develop their beautiful flowers.  Normally, nature will give this cold period by having the temperatures down and stay below 55 degrees for an extended period.

In warm climates where the soil temperature doesn’t drop for long enough below 55 degrees, you may need to  “fool the bulb” into thinking they’ve gone through a this cold period.

Here are some tricks for growing tulips when the temps are warmer:

  • Store them in your kitchen refrigerator.  Give them 6 to 16 weeks in a ventilated (paper) bag . Do not store them next to fruit, especially apples, all ripening fruit is giving off ethylene gas what will kill/damage the flower inside the bulb.
  • After the cold period, take them directly from the fridge and be sure to plant the tulips in the coolest part of the year
  • Instead of fun sun, try planting them in a part of the garden that has some partial or full shade.
  • Plant them 6 to 8 inches deep and mulch heavily
  • You can also keep the soil temperature down by regular watering so that the soil is evenly moist.

General tulip care:

  • Deadhead the tulips after they flower
  • Let the foliage yellow for about 6 weeks before removing it. This gives it nourishment for next years flowers.
  • Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer weekly for 3 or 4 weeks after flowering
  • Stop watering the bulbs after all the leaves are gone and let the ground dry out. The plant is no longer adding nourishment to the bulbs at this time, and the tulips need a dry period during the summer months.

Here are the tulips that I planted last fall here in NC.  They are just gorgeous right now!

growing tulipsFor more gardening tips, please visit my Facebook Gardening page.

Have you had luck growing tulips in a warm climate?  Please leave your comments below.

 

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  4 comments for “Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

  1. I flash for food
    05/21/2013 at 3:22 pm

    Meg wanted tulips in TN quite about a decade ago. This was when she was in her dark purple/black phase. She was about 12 Or 13 I think. She picked out black and purple bulbs and stuck them in the ground with no instruction as I had no clue to give her. We had an enjoyable Sping watching them bloom.

    I went back to visit her last year and was shocked to see them in full bloom. I guess it gets cool enough there for them? Variety? Or maybe it’s just my Meg. Like you, everything and everyone blooms around her.

    • admin
      05/21/2013 at 6:49 pm

      what a sweet comment. Thanks Angie!

  2. REIS
    09/05/2013 at 12:28 am

    hi there,
    i live in a warm climate, current my tulip bulbs are receiving cold treats. what should i do next??

    • admin
      09/05/2013 at 7:57 am

      I don’t do anything special to my tulips other than protecting them from critters who might dig them up.

      They should come back next spring unless you have a very very warm climate. They do like to have it at least someone cool in the winter.

      They can take frozen ground easily. My mother lives in Maine and her tulips come back each year.

      Carol

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