Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tulips: Delusions of Grandeur
Now that it's too late to chill tulips, I think longingly of the tulips I once grew. I had to prove to myself that I could bring tulips to bloom in a hot, humid climate where there is insufficient winter chill, maybe because nobody around me tried to grow tulips. My mother successfully grew tulips in the cooler, northern part of the state, why couldn't I grow them here?
Chill one week for every inch of stem length. That means 14 weeks for better than 12" tulips.
Spring will come. Daffodils and hyacinths will bloom in gorgeous array. I'll still long for tulips.
Pictures are from my garden, 2003 and 2004. Every year is different; it can only get better.
Will you have tulips blooming in the spring?