Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

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How to nurture growing tulips in warmer weather conditions is discussed in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. Tulips are grown in cold climates very easily. You plant them in the fall or into the winter and they come up and bloom in the spring, go dormant in the summer and then come back year after year after year and you just enjoy them. Whereas if you live in a warm climate let's say you live in LA or San Diego or even parts of Florida where you're not getting the cold winters there's no change in temperature but you still want to grow them, here are some tips. A tulip is a flower bulb, its a true bulb and it needs a dormant period. Well if you're not getting a dormant period in your yard, you can just throw them in a container or throw them in a pot or dig them right out of your garden and throw them in a paper bag. I found paper works much better than plastic. And throw them in the refrigerator for about two or three months. You don't need to freeze them, just put them in the crisper in the back of the refrigerator with the vegetables and then for about three or four months take them out probably September, October and then turn around and plant them back again in January and February. And that way you can still make them think that its winter although it's not colder than 70 degrees in your winter and they'll come back every year. And if you don't want to do the work then don't even worry about it. In warmer climates treat them like the colder climates how we treat pansies. They're an annual, I'm going to plant them every year in the spring and they're going to come up I'm going to plant them in the fall and they're going to bloom every spring for me. If they don't make it 'till the next year, oh well, I can always buy some more. The next segment will talk about how to take care of tulips when they're in bloom and after they're out of bloom.