Planting Flower Bulbs in Warm Climates

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How to plant flower bulbs in warm climates; get professional tips and advice from an expert on picking, buying, and planting flower bulbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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YOLANDA VANVEEN: Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. There are a lot of flower bulbs that you can actually grow in warm climates, and there are a few tips on how to do it. Even plants like Tulips can be grown in warm climates like San Diego. It won't come back naturally every year if you leave it out in the grounds so you can either treat it like a perennial and just enjoy the bloom and don't worry if it doesn't come back or as soon as it's done blooming, I just leave them in a container and cut the foliage off when it turns brown and then take that container and bring it inside, take the bulb out and just put it in a paper bag 'cause you want it to breathe, not a plastic bag, and throw it in the refrigerator for up to three months. And then you turn around, next year in December-January and plant it outside again, and a lot of times you can get them to bloom year after year after year. Even plants like Daffodils though. A lot of times you think that they're not going to come back because you live in a warm climate but a lot of people even in San Diego, Texas, Hawaii have told me that they'll come back year after year especially if you live in the mountains; even a little bit of elevation is all that matters. So, I always recommend planting them farther away from the house, not next to the house so that--if you have the heat from the house, it will keep them warmer, so you want to actually cool them down a little bit. So, there are a lot of bulbs like the Canna Lily, that is from a warm climate originally, that will grow in a cold climate like the Pacific Northwest but it will still grow in really warm climates. So, you plant them year round especially when you live in somewhere where there's no winter, you can't really get into the garden in the winter, and they'll grow for years and years to come. We all know Dutch Iris, Agapanthus, all types of bulbs, and so my theory is if you live in a cold climate, plant warm-climate bulbs and survival of the fittest. If they don't make it over the winter, you can always get more. If you live in the warm climate try some cold-climate bulbs and if they don't make it over the summer 'cause they're not getting a cold enough winter, then you just consider them an annual and enjoy their company while they're there. Next, we're going to have a conclusion to our flower bulb segments.