The Tinka tulip and I have a four year history on the farm. While some bulbs have made it and some have not, I am glad to say that the Tinka tulip has multiplied and bloomed year after year. I am sure the gophers would have eaten it had they been able to reach them. Growing them in the black bulb crates elevated above the ground, we have safely preserved them. Every year the Tinka manages to produce blooms despite living in a confined space where they seemingly love my neglect. This response will most likely be the same with all species tulips as it has been with the other five varieties that we have trialed. However, the Tinka tulip rises to the top as one of our favorites on the farm.
If you are going to plant it immediately, the 'Tinka' tulip does not need to be stored in the fridge. If you are going to wait, then keep the bulbs in the fridge. Tulip blooms bend, move, arc and twist themselves throughout the day in order to orient themselves in the best position to receive light. They reach for it.
Blooms will last well for a couple of weeks, but an unusually hot spring will make the blooms droop.
For more information on tulips in the South and what you can do to help them survive, please visit our general Tulip information blog post at Bulb Hunter.