Stoloniferous tulips

Jane McGary via pbs
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:29:16 PDT
I've set to work about a month early on repotting the bulbs that I grow 
in pots (about half the collection). I've grown a number of Tulipa 
species from seed over the past 8 or 9 years. I find that some produce 
numerous small bulbs on stolons, typically in a mass of dried root and 
stolon tissue around the bottom of the pot. Some of these species have 
never flowered, so apparently they're using all their energy increasing 
vegetatively -- not what I would like! Does anyone with broad experience 
growing tulips have advice on how to encourage the plants to mature to 
flowering rather than (apparently) trying to escape their pots? The 
species in question are described in Diana Everett's book "The Genus 
Tulipa" as being "strongly stoloniferous," so their behavior is not 
really anomalous. And yes, I'm sending plenty of the offsets to the BX.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

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