Tulips

We all love tulips! Can we grow them as perennials in warm weather climates? Yes! Can we force bloom annual tulips and enjoy them in the spring? Yes!  Are ALL tulips perennials in warm climates? No.

The truth is, most folks think of the Darwin hybrid tulips with their large cups and wide variety of color selections.  We see these in formal gardens, botanical gardens, or occasionally in home gardens. The blooms are spectacular, but those bulbs are pulled up and thrown away each year. There is a place for those tulips in our gardening lives, just like there is a place for pansies and other "color" plants that we change out each year.  We appreciate those tulips and even offer a few selections for sell.

We also focus on perennial tulips.  Yes, there are tulips that are perennials in warmer climates.  The heat is not what kills tulips in the summer time.  Normally, either the moisture causes tulips to rot or the varmints eat them (they are VERY tasty bulbs to animals).  So, the key to perennial tulip success lies in 1) the proper selection of bulbs and 2) planting those bulbs in elevated areas that drain well and are high in clay/rock content (i.e. varmints can't dig their way or tunnel their way to them). 

The proper selection of bulbs generally includes more species selections, such as Tulipa clusiana or Tulipa praecox. The naturally occurring soil conditions for perennial tulip success are typically the prairie backland clay soils, like the types we find in Waco down to Austin or in parts of Mississippi. These were traditionally great cotton growing soils.  Have fun browsing our selections, and make sure you note the difference between annuals and perennials in our descriptions.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 888-285-2486 or email at info@southernbulbs.com!

Gift Kit - Tulip Forcing Kit (Large)

$55.00

Tulips Forcing Kit! (5 Bulbs in a Terracotta Pot) We love these gift sets because they brighten up the house or patio the second they arrive and are planted. Visitors will say "I love that pot, where did you get it?"  A few weeks later, as the...