For generations, gardeners have longed for a low-maintenance, naturalizing tulip for the southern United States. In the absence of a "warm-climate tulip," many have practiced a "chill, plant, dig" regimen in order to grow imported tulips in their garden. This method, called artificial chilling, "tricks" the bulb into believing they are in a colder climate, in order that they might receive enough "chilling hours" (temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit) for a bloom cycle to begin. However, despite their showy displays, the southern heat and humidity often rot imported bulbs after one or two years.
No Digging, No Chilling.
Finally, after over three years of research, consultations with top horticulturists and many hours on the road, a tulip long-forgotten in commercial production and marked by historical significance has been discovered, rescued and reintroduced by the Southern Bulb Company.
After blooming and multiplying naturally in old Texas towns and abandoned lots for over 100 years, 'Tulipa praecox' (Fire Tulip/Texas Tulip) promises gardeners a break from the "chilling routine" and a chance for a naturalized tulip garden in the heat and humidity of the southern United States.
Make sure and order yours soon, as we have VERY limited quantities! They multiply quickly!
AN ADDITIONAL CAUTION: This tulip has been found in sites characterized by black clay that dries out in the summer time. We call it the prairie blackland area in Texas, and there are stretches of the same soil in Mississippi near Jackon and running through Alabama and Georgia. This soil is known to crack, with some cracks reaching 2 feet down into the soil. It is in these conditions that this bulb thrives. Improved garden soils, moisture retaining soils like sandy loam, and irrigated areas are not conducive for success with this bulb.