I think Tulips are probably my
favorite flower. So when CostCo had the
double bag of 90 bulbs on sale last fall I invested. The first bag of 45 bulbs went into the
ground in late November. Then November
turned into December, the holidays followed, January rolled around and that 2nd
bag of 45 tulip bulbs was still sitting in the bottom of my refrigerator. Talking to me every time I opened the
refrigerator door. When I saw evidence
that the bulbs in the front flower bed were beginning to make an appearance I
knew I'd blown way past the window to get those remaining bulbs in the ground.
Then I wondered if I could grow
them indoors. Years ago a friend had
given me some Narcissus bulbs in a little vase with rocks in the bottom. She instructed me to lay the bulbs on top of
the rocks then to cover the rocks with water.
In a few weeks the bulbs had sprouted and were well on their way to
producing flowers. I decided to try that
tactic with my 45 remaining tulip bulbs.
This was pretty gutsy for someone who used to refer to herself as having
a black thumb due to the unintentional annihilation of more plants than we want
to talk about. But a few knock-out rose
bushes and some hearty mums have transformed that black thumb…to flesh colored
at least. Who knows, maybe green is on
the horizon. A trip to Hobby Lobby was
required for supplies: since I had 45
bulbs on my hands I needed some additional vases or decorative bowls (tall
vases are best) and river rocks or “water beads” (I would have called them
clear marbles but now we know). The
river rocks or water beads were placed in the bottom of the vases or bowls, the
bulbs placed on top pointing up then water was added so the bulbs were sitting
in ¼ to ½ inch of water. Water was added
every few days to keep the water level where the bulbs could get to it. The water was also changed out every week or
so, otherwise it gets a bit ‘pungent’…probably with protozoa or other fun
things. After about a week you could see
small roots sprouting from the bottom of the bulbs. Then by 2 weeks most bulbs had begun to
sprout with green shoots coming out the top.
When the shoots had grown to 3 to 6 inches I took about ½ the bulbs and
transplanted them to the flower bed. I’m
still not sure if they are going to bloom but they are continuing to grow so it’s
looking promising. The rest of the bulbs
I’ve kept inside in the vases. I’m hoping for blooms but at the very least
they’ve provided some nice greenery around the house. Plus, I was encouraged during a recent trip to
CostCo when I saw they were selling Tulips (many blooming) in tall, large glass
vases with water in the bottom. The
vases had some special tray in the bottom to hold the roots but river rocks work
just as well and they’re also a bit more decorative. The picture at the top of this
blog shows around 3 ½ weeks of growth.
It should be noted that the layer of rocks is about twice as big as it probably
needs to be. Half that many rocks should
work just as well. Also, this type of short vase will require bolstering the stems because as they get taller they tend to flop over. That's why tall vases work better. But if you use a short vase or bowl you can tie a ribbon or string around the stems like you see done sometimes in grocery floral departments. So if you happen to have some lingering
tulip bulbs talking to you from your refrigerator, consider setting them up in
a vase or two indoors. At the very least
you’ll have some nice greenery and who knows, by Easter you may have some
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Sandy Setliff is a Realtor® with JP and Associates Realtors®.
She specializes in residential real estate sales in McKinney, Allen,
Frisco, Anna, Melissa and Van Alstyne, Texas. She can be reached at 214 620
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