What to do with bulbs that don't have flowers.

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:26:06 PDT
Hi Sujit,

The healthy foliage convinces me that a lack-of-chilling is responsible for
your lack-of-bloom.  Try digging a few tulips & daffodils in September (or
October or November) and put them in your refrigerator for 2-3 months and
then replant them.  I bet you'll be rewarded with blooms!

Check them occasionally for mold.  I'm not sure if that will be a problem
or not.

Dennis in Cincinnati


On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 1:26 PM, Sujit Hart <sujithart@gmail.com> wrote:

> They put up some healthy looking foliage but no flowers.  We did have a
> very mild winter this year.
>
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:57 AM, Rodger Whitlock <totototo@telus.net>
> wrote:
>
> > On 12 Apr 2016, at 8:17, Sujit Hart wrote:
> >
> > > I put in some Tulipa clusiana and some daffodils maybe three or four
> > years
> > > ago. The second year after planting they came back in the spring with
> > some
> > > flowers, maybe 70%. This year I only go one daffodil bloom.  Should I
> get
> > > rid of all the bulbs and plant something else instead, or is there
> > anything I
> > > can do to get them to bloom again?
> >
> > I looked up the cllimate of Houston on Wikipedia:
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Houston/
> >
> > Houston has a hot climate with more or less even rainfall throughout the
> > year.
> > Tulips prefer (or may even demand) dry summers. In your climate, istm
> that
> > they
> > would be prone to attack by fungal diseases.
> >
> > A question: did your bulbs put up foliage this year, or was there simply
> > nothing where you had planted them?
> >
> > There may also be issues relating to soil fertility and pH.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Rodger Whitlock
> > Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> > Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate
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