it’s spring indoors

Well, it sure isn’t like spring outdoors today – very wintery with snow and freezing rain and everything is cancelled for today, so these tulips make it feel more like spring. I guess March is coming in like a lion, as they say. But, at this time of year there is always a sea of potted tulips in grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores, and of course, nurseries.

With spring officially arriving this month I wanted to pick up some potted tulips for indoors and I found some at Walmart, of all places. The soil was completely dried out and crumbling to pieces, as their plants always seem to be, but I felt a strong desire to bring 4 of the potted plants home with me. The tulips already being further along in their life, I always like to preserve the blooms for as long as possible. Normally by keeping the plant as cool as possible and the soil slightly damp will help with that. I like to keep my potted tulips on a windowsill with the window cracked open ever so slightly, just enough to keep the window area cool without the cold winds at night killing the plant.

I planted them together in one large planter.

I have always discarded the plant after blooming has finished, but I am curious to see how well the tulip bulbs will do if I plant them in the garden this spring. I have read some articles that say they won’t bloom the following season, but will the next. Other sources say they can’t be planted outside after being forced to grow indoors. I guess it won’t hurt to plant them anyway and see what happens.

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12 thoughts on “it’s spring indoors

  1. Last year I bought some potted tulips at the farmers market and planted them outdoors. I’m curious to see if they’ll come back this year along with the tulip bulbs I planted two autumns ago. This year someone gave me some paper whites to force indoors. I have been letting the foliage die back now that they’re done and will try saving the bulbs, probably to force inside next door. I don’t think I know anyone who actually grows them outdoors – strange!

    • Aimee, all the gardeners I know replant their tulips every year, or are resigned to declining populations and bloom. Most tulips are native to very different climates than we have in the States — hot dry summers, lots of sun and excellent drainage. That said, some bulb books recommend planting them deeply, perhaps as much as 8 inches deep for large bulbs to encourage the bulbs to bloom more and subdivide less.

  2. Tulips…that’s our connection and why I took the photo today. However, as beautiful as they were, I decided not to buy any. I haven’t had much luck with them outdoors here in South Texas. Like you, I’m reworking my yard, starting with the front. I’m anxious to see what you come up with.

  3. I enjoy your posts! As I am still in Illinois at my daughters, I am missing out on the early spring we are having in Oklahoma. My husband says everything is coming up nicely and the daffodils are in full bloom. I will see for myself, as I am flying home Monday. Can’t wait to get my fingers in the dirt! Keep on writing!

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