Cheap Tulip Bulbs
Why are you looking for cheap tulip bulbs? Is it because you live in California or are you trying
to discourage those annoying critters that eat all your best plants? Maybe youv'e been reading the Wall Street
Journal recently or is it just that you're a cheapskate?
Because of the mild winters in large areas of California many popular bulbs do not produce good
The hybrid commercial tulips in particular require special treatment to ensure good
blooms. The bulbs should be purchased as soon as they are available in early September, then stored in the
refrigerator until the weather cools off in late October or early November. Without this chilling, the plants will
emerge stunted, and the flower stem will not grow fully. Equally tulips perform poorly the following year so many
people treat them as annuals and buy cheap tulip bulbs each year.
If you suffer from deer and rabbits eating your prized plants then try this suggestion that was
posted on a messageboard: "I'm planting cheap tulip bulbs out by the road, so the deer & bunnies can have
those, hoping they will leave my precious Triumph Astarte tulips".
When asked "What's the difference between a 70 cent flower bulb and a $2 bulb?" the Wall Street
Journal replied "About $1.30". The paper carried out a test over a period of one year comparing expensive bulbs
with cheaper ones to see if the pricier bulbs performed better. It found $2 bulbs did not produce better flowers
than $1 bulbs. In fact, some of the best flowers came from some of the cheapest bulbs. Admittedly the bulbs used
for this test were daffodils and so the same may not apply to cheap tulip bulbs.
Have you ever wondered how to plant 100 tulip bulbs in 30
minutes? Click the link to find out.