Tulip gambles

Peter Taggart petersirises@gmail.com
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:45:23 PST
Rodger, Add to that advice that it is the only tulip I know (and grow)
which aborts its flowers very quickly if the bulbs get hot, or if they get
a little too dry while in leaf/ bud/ flower! (I bought my bulbs about ten
years ago). I have literally dozens of Tulip accessions.
Peter (UK)

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM, Rodger Whitlock <totototo@telus.net> wrote:

> I'm also trying, and not for the first time, the beautiful blue-eyed white
> tulip, "Tulipa pulchella alba oculata-caerulea", in the hopes of figuring
> out
> how to keep the bulbs from dwindling away as they have in the past.
> Fortunately, it turns out that one of the gals at a local garden center
> evidently knows a thing or two about keeping it going so it will form
> flowering
> size bulbs even though potted. Her advice is to use a sandy, somewhat
> alkaline
> soil and to feed halfway through the flowering period, then again two weeks
> later.
> Stay tuned next year for reports on success or failure.
> --
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate
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