<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/135/tulips en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: Tulips]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/135/tulips?commentid=1453
Yes!!  If they don't, don't give up on them right away.  I've had some that come up every couple of years.  They need to have had enought time to establish roots in their new locations, before the ground freezes adn some, but not too much moisture to aid that process. too much water and the bulbs will rot. Mine seem to do better when I add a handful of bone meal to the hole before adding the bulbs, and adding some humus mulch on top.  If you plan to let them remain for naturalizing, depending on the type you planted, they may revert back to basic red or yellow tulips.  Some do that I've learned, and others do not start new bulblets to continue more than 1-3 yrs.  I never planted RED tulips in my tulip garden--but I have them!  LOL!  I'd planted an assortment of white, pink, peach and pale yellows.  About 7 yrs later, I've got reds and bright yellows in with my beautiful pastels.  I just use the brights for cutting more bouquets for indoors and gifts.

 Different types emerge and boom at different times of Spring.  I've had tulips blooming for 2 to 2 1/2 months, but not the same ones all through that time.  It's like ocean waves that wash in, fade, and new ones come.  Also, if you have squirrels, they may have dined on your tulips!  They don't like daffodils but tulips are like ice cream to them it seems.  To thwart them, you can plant the bulbs in an upside down wire basket or under larger mesh wire, or mix in with some daffodill bulbs.  the blooms look good together and come up about the same time, discouraging squirrels long enough in winter to get your poseys.

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/135/tulips?commentid=1453 February 10, 2012