The tulips are coming up. Is this supposed to happen in January?
The unheated porch, where I store dormant plants for the winter, has been 30 degrees F at night and in the 40s in the daytime, sometimes up in the 50s in this warmer than normal winter. I know because I keep a thermometer out there and check it. When I looked yesterday, I saw green nubs coming up through the soil.
Last fall I planted tulips in pots, having given up on using them in the ground, where they are dinner for so many garden visitors.
I put the pots on the unheated porch and now, in January they are sprouting.
I planted six 'Spring Green' (white with green markings) in the center of each pot, and surrounded those with twelve 'Groenland' (pink with strong green markings). I crowded them together to mass them, then topped the pot with several inches of potting mix.
These are viridiflora tulips, with blooms that are streaked with green, which I think is a soft and interesting take on the bold colors that tulips can sport.
Perhaps I planted too early? My journal shows I planted up these pots on September 30. Too soon?
Perhaps they needed to be deeper? I covered them with several inches of potting soil, but it is loose and crumbly and maybe they needed to be a good 8 to 10 inches deep?
Bulb growers out there -- what should I do?
I left the pots outside originally but the very wet fall drowned them and I thought the bulbs would rot in their perpetually soggy pots, so they came into the unheated porch.
Should I cover the pots to keep them in the dark and hope they don't sprout further? Put them back outside where it is consistently 10 degrees colder?
Leave them alone and enjoy tulips on the porch at Valentine's Day?
The times I tried to grow tulips in the ground, they got eaten and never came up. Now, planted in pots, they are coming up in early January. My next experiment may be to buy hand painted silk tulips --- if I can just find any with green markings.