Stem-less Spring Bulbs

Boyce Tankersley
Wed, 21 Mar 2007 09:34:57 PDT
When I gardened in southern New Mexico the tulips often bloomed at soil
level. Never figured out if it was a lack of sufficient chilling or the
very high sunlight levels that kept the stems from elongating.

Boyce Tankersley
Director of Living Plant Documentation
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
tel: 847-835-6841
fax: 847-835-1635

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of C.J. Teevan
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:48 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Stem-less Spring Bulbs

Would anyone be able to explain why suddenly a crop of spring Tulips
would appear without stems, or with short stems?
  I have a friend in the UK, where the spring bulbs are now beginning to
bloom.  In the southern regions, the winter was unusually wet and warm
this year; temperatures didn't drop below 40 degrees all season long.
In prior years, this person had no trouble, but it was colder and dryer.
I can see blasting and I can see totally blind results, but I don't
understand why they would bloom but have no stems.  These were a fresh
crop planted last autumn, just like every year.

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