This is a small pot of species tulips and I have found they are truly hardy even down here on the border of 8b/9a. The squirrels get the bulbs I put in the ground, leaving me only a bulb or two, but those in pots seem to be safe. I have one large pot that has multiplied to several dozen bulbs that has reliably bloomed for several years now. The flowers are smaller than the fancy hybrids but they are so nice to see on a spring day. I found these bulbs stored in my outside fridge and only planted them about a month ago. Riverbanks Botanical Garden has a great bulb sale every fall and their prices are excellent.
I'm a transplanted yanked (26 years) and greatly miss tulips. What did you have to do to get them to bloom? Do you have to store them cold from die back to planting? Tell me your tricks please. I no longer have a garage refridgerator but have a wine/beer one set at 41°. Will that work? Can you tell I am excited to have tulips again? Where is Riverbanks botanical, Columbia? Will have to google it. Thanks so much, Susan
Susan - it's an exit for you coming from Charleston right off of 26...Florence is also having it's yearly Spring Flower show next weekend and then Columbia is the weekend after that...there's always one vendor I try to buy from - he does strictly native plants to the Carolinas...
Susan, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is outside of Columbia and their fall bulb sale is always a winner, I order mine online and have them shipped. You do not have to do anything to these tulips. Plant 'em and forget 'em. As I merntioned earlier, the squirrels got most of what I put in the ground but those in pots have been happy for years. I sprinkle a slow release fertilizer on the pots in early spring, and as soon as they finish blooming I move the pot someplace where it will get some water but be protected from the squirrels. That's it, seriously! No refrigeration required. As they sprout in the spring I move the pots out onto the deck so I can see them.
Jenny (bordersandjacks) has many dogs and no squirrels so she can plant them in her lawn. I only have one dog and he is a wuss so the squirrels and deer run rampant here.
Thanks all for the info. Jenny, thanks for the linc to John scheepers- hopefully he has a catalog- only have my phone to web search, we downsized to the droid phone, love it but hard to get full effect of a catalog.
Rednyr- Columbia flower show! Where? April 16th? Road trip yea!!! Hubby won't balk at that.
Alice, fall bulb sale- at the botanical gardens? We know where the zoo is, have taken our grands there. Do they have a catalog?
I have smart squirrels - all my yard is wood fenced but the side yard where the dogs (2 shepherds) are allowed has a wrought iron fence 3' out from the wood so they don't run over my shrubs. The squirrels sit on the wood fence and taunt them daily- they know they can't be reached. I tried Xeranthemum's trick with the evergreen top soil-- does work but must be refreshed regularly.
Again, thanks for all the input from everyone. Susan
This is off the tulip thread but had to show this plant. I volunteer for the historic society and saw this in the churchyard of the Unitarian church. Until yesterday never could find anyone who knew what is was- its a scilla peruviana. It is a gorgeous purple & the flower head is about 4" wide. FYI for you purple lovers.