Actually tulips plants are among the earliest spring bloomers in the outdoor garden but they are rarely grown as standard indoor houseplants. This is because the bulbs actually need an extended cold period each year to reset themselves for new blooms. The botanical name of tulip plant is Tulipa spp and the common name is tulip. Tulip is a flowering perennial bulb and is toxic humans and pets.


How Do You Get Tulip Bulbs to Bloom Indoors?

Tulips plants are not really traditional houseplants, since the plant need an extended chill period during a dormant season in order to bloom annually. The careful timing requirements actually make Tulip plants considerably more difficult to grow indoors when compared to outdoor growing. But because Tulip plants can be planted quite close together in pots, the plant make an excellent seasonal display for any home, including the smallest apartments. The best tulip types for forcing are Single Early, Triumph, Darwin Hybrids, and Double Early.

Furthermore, the typical method is to pot the tulip bulbs about October 1, then put the planted pots into chilled conditions for 3 or 4 months before bringing them out into warmer, sunnier conditions to sprout and bloom.

By timing the chilling period carefully, you can force tulips to bloom at a time of your choosing. Normally, tulips will bloom about seventeen to twenty-two weeks after you begin the chilling period on the bulbs—twelve to sixteen weeks for chilling, about a week for sprouts to appear, then another 4 or 5 weeks until they reach full bloom. Gardeners who want Valentine's Day blooms, for example, might begin chilling the bulbs in early October.


How to Take Care of Potted Tulips Indoors

Sunlight requirement: Do indoor tulips need sun? During the chilling period, potted tulip plants really need to be kept in the dark. When you take the plant out of chilling, keep them in dark conditions for about 4 or 5 days until sprouts appear. Then, move the potted tulip plants into brighter, warmer conditions until the tulip plants begin to flower, which normally takes 4 or 5 weeks. Once in full flower, the plants are best moved to a spot with slightly less intense sunlight, which will preserve the blooms longer.

Temperature and humidity requirement: Careful control of temperature is very important for getting tulip bulbs to bloom indoors. First, the potted Tulip bulbs need to undergo a chilling period at forty to forty-five degrees Fahrenheit for twelve to sixteen weeks. Move the potted tulip plants out of their chill conditions 5 or 6 weeks before the anticipated bloom. For the first 4 or 5 days, keep the plant in relatively cool and dark conditions until sprouts appear, then move them into a warmer, sunnier location until they begin to flower. About sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit is an ideal temperature for flowering tulips.

Should you want to save the Tulip bulbs and attempt to reuse them after blooming is complete, dig out the Tulip bulbs, brush off the soil, and then store them in a relatively warm, dry location until outdoor planting time, which is normally the following fall.

Water requirement: You have to water the tulip bulbs thoroughly immediately after planting and also whenever the soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Don’t allow the tulip bulbs to dry out completely until after the blooms have faded.

Fertilizer requirement: Actually tulip bulbs forced indoors usually require no feeding since they are usually discarded after blooming. However, if you want to try reusing the bulbs in the outdoor garden after the indoor forced blooms are done, it is best to give the growing plants some bulb fertilizer in other to restore energy to the bulbs.

Pruning and maintenance: Actually no maintenance is really needed with forced bulbs, but if you want to try reusing the bulbs you can allow the foliage to continue growing in full sun as long as possible, until it turns yellow and dries up. At this point, dig out the tulip bulbs and then store them in a warm, dry location until outdoor planting time.

Container and size: A pot with a wide, flat bottom will work best for tulips since it is not likely to tip over when the tulips get top-heavy with blooms. The pot should be six to eight inches deep, with a tray or saucer to catch water. Clay, ceramic, plastic, or metal pots can also work well for growing indoor tulips.

Potting soil and drainage: An ordinary potting soil or well-decayed compost is perfect for growing tulip bulbs in indoor pots. Make sure the pot have good drainage holes.


Potting and Repotting Tulip Plants

Just fill the container with a half full of potting soil or compost, and then position the tulip bulbs onto the soil with the pointed side up. Then, place the tulip bulbs no more than two inches apart for the best display. A lot of gardeners recommend planting tulip bulbs with the flat side facing the sides of the container, which causes the foliage to spill over the sides of the pot as the plants grow. Just cover the tulip bulbs with potting soil to within ¼ inch of the rim and water thoroughly before putting the pot into chill storage.

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