09-30-2013 06:48 PM
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As for growing Tulips in Dallas, Texas (zone 8a), purchasing now is the perfect time. I would take them now and put them in the refrigerator for 5-6 weeks to get them primed for planting. I recommend planting them early November to early December.
Here are a couple of tips that might help you growing Tulips.
- Always plant tulips in a well-drained and airy soil. Wet soil promotes fungus and disease and can even rot bulbs, especially tulip bulbs. Wet soil can also cause bulbs to drown out which is actually due to suffocation. Suffocation can also be caused by tight soils that don't hold much oxygen. Adding compost and course to a soil will make it more airy. I recommend raised beds in wetter areas and suggest that you have at least a 10-inch depth of loose airy soil.
- Proper soil drainage is very important when planting bulbs.
- Fertilize and water bulbs when planting. Though too much water is not good, sufficient water at the time of planting is necessary to get them growing and to ensure the start of a strong root system.
- Plant tulips about 6 to 8 inches deep, measuring from the base of the bulb. If you add mulch after planting, include this as part of your overall planting depth.
- After the tulips have passed their peak, top the old blooms and let the plants die down normally. This will help the new bulblets grow bigger.
- Fertilizing in the fall with special bulb fertilizer is always a good idea, especially if you haven't dug your bulbs and are trying to get them to perennialize.
Note: one good thing is that The Home Depot has the bulbs, plants, and holiday merchandise at the right time of the year.
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