I saw bags of fancy tulip bulbs at Wal-mart today, marked down from $10
or $11 to $1.99. The ground is not frozen here yet but I assume it's
too late to plant them because the ground will freeze before they get
Do tulips do well forced indoors? I know they would need to be
refrigerated, although I'm not sure for how long. Thanks for any info.
Wow, man, where do you live? If there's a Trader Joe anywhere near,
run, do not walk; I am also a Cabot cheese freak, and there's where
I buy it. Their prices are very reasonable. For example, milk is
$1.50 in the supermarket, and $.99 at TJ.
If there are any health food-type stores near you (Wild Oats, that
kind of thing) they usually have Cabot.
Don't mean to get in your face, but WalMart is so thoroughly vicious
that I hate to see them make a dime off us gardeners.
There was a Frontline (PBS) program last year entitled something
like "Is Walmart Good for Us". Well worth looking up on the Web;
often they have streaming video of past programs.
What really shocked me was the way they described Walmart's predatory
tactics vis-a-vis their suppliers. They bullied suppliers into
lowering their prices so far that sometimes the suppliers HAD TO GO
OFF-SHORE to stay in business, even if they hated leaving their
communities and taking jobs away from the locals.
Talk about a ripple effect!
Plus, the taxpayers have to pick up the health care tab for these
badly-paid employees, who often have to put their children on
(takes deep breath...<g>)
You really can plan them right up until the ground freezes......Have
had really good luck with this and usually plant them in container,
putting them in as they say "cheek to jowl"...I did see on a network
gardening show that you will probably only get about 2 years out of the
bulbs...but I have some still going strong for 4-5 years....I do plant
some in the ground...but only if I plan daffodils on top of them to
keep the squirrels from eating the tulips....(I put small gauge chicken
wire over the top of the containers until tulips break ground in the
spring... My neighbors plant their tulips in the ground but in a
chicken wire "cage" to protect from Squirrels/rabbits/etc.) Good
I had one friend who planted her tulips AFTER the ground froze. (It happened
unusually early that year). She took buckets of boiling water out to the
yard and thawed out the areas that she wanted to plant. The tulips came up
fine. (normally our ground doesn't stay frozen the entire winter - we have
some spells warm enough to thaw it thoroughly most years)
Yep. You can plant them in the ground until the ground is too frozen.
As to why they'd be on sale -- the way the seasons are rushed ahead of time,
the store probably had to make room for the poinsettias!
Zone 5, Wisconsin
Certain tulips force well. Do a google for the varieties. (Offhand,
Angelique and Pink Impression will force well. They need 16 weeks
of chilling in the fridge to force.)
Listen, Bob -- I'm in Alaska -- we got 2 foot of snow last week,
before the ground froze. I'm *still* planting tulips and daffodils
out in the yard. It's a PITA, as I have to shovel the snow off the
ground, dig, kneel down, get not just muddy but *wet*, plant, cover,
mulch, then shovel the snow back over the spot. But for us who live
in northern places, flowers in spring are a Big Deal.
I'm also forcing a lot of bulbs this year, because I didn't get
everything planted before the snow came. Pink Impression tulips,
Dutch Master daffodils, Salome daffodils, Gigantic Star daffodils,
Apricot Beauty tulips, Angelique tulips. I'm forcing bulbs to
give for gifts to my friends who need flowers in the depth of
winter, like I do.
I'm putting my pots of forcing bulbs into the root cellar, as
our fridge is too crowded. The root cellar holds at 42F. year round.
Email me and I'll send you all of the .pdf's I've gathered, trying
to figure out how to force these bulbs.
Zone 3 or 4 depending on who you ask
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