Project Update – Tulip Results and Learnings
I made this tulip update video a few weeks ago, but couldn’t put it out earlier for you! I share a little about how they developed and whether they bloomed or not. Below you’ll also find more specific information!
The truth is that the most of the bulbs didn’t developed and I don’t know exactly why. We had a few purple or pink flowers bulbs that had leaves and tried to bloom. However, they didn’t. I think that the temperature here didn’t help as well. We are with higher temperatures at the moment, ranging between 15 and 22 degrees, but when the video was made, we were still beating the 5 degrees.
I heard we are having a very weird spring, because the cold wouldn’t leave (we had the last snow in May). So that may have been one of the reasons they didn’t sprouted. I had bulbs that should have started blooming in late February and picked out types that would go until May as I wanted to have flowers for a few months. However, the first flowers only started to bloom after the second half of May when the temperature began to heat up.
I also saw several videos of how to keep them during the dormant period and many said to continue watering. Not every week, but when I felt that it wasn’t moist, especially because they were planted in a pot. I did it, even when it was frozen, as instructed. I would water it once or twice a month. Turns out that probably I should not have done it. The dirt here is strangely moist.
In Brazil, we are used that the dirt really dries up, but it’s not the same here. It can dry out on the top, but when you dig a little, there it is, all wet. So I believe that there was too much water too and it contributed to many bulbs to rot.
Anyway, it’s living and learning! At the first video I did last year, there’s the amount of bulbs and the types we planted! I counted how many bulbs were left today and that we will be able to replant during fall.
Total of tulips and crocus bulbs saved!
- All crocus died;
- 13 bulbs sprouted and bloomed;
- 8 bulbs sprouted but the flowers didn’t bloom and they were thrown away as they looked sick;
- 14 bulbs didn’t sprout but were in good condition, so I stored them with the one’s that bloomed.
With that said, there were only 27 bulbs left to try again in October. I plan in buying new ones again, but this time, I’ll do different. And these that survived, I’ll replant them in a different pot from the new ones. Then I’ll have a better chance to know what can gone wrong! =)
This was the tulip saga! I’m learning the needs of each plant slowly and which are worth buying or not. I have removed all the bulbs from the soil as well and have stored them in a dry place! Now our flowerbed gave space for our veggie garden!
I’m very excited to have kale, arugula, lettuce, cress and many other tasty things in the coming months!
Have you planted bulbs before and succeeded? Please share with me your tricks. They might help me on my next try! Lol
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!