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Tulip Blooming Secrets: When Do They Flower?

The blooming time of tulips varies depending on the variety and planting time. However, based on the growth habit and cultivation season of tulips, there is a general range. Here, let’s discuss the appropriate timing for different tulip planting methods and their blooming periods. Home planting: The suitable growth temperature for tulips is between 5° […]

The blooming time of tulips varies depending on the variety and planting time. However, based on the growth habit and cultivation season of tulips, there is a general range. Here, let’s discuss the appropriate timing for different tulip planting methods and their blooming periods.

Home planting:

The suitable growth temperature for tulips is between 5° and 20°. The bulbs need to undergo a low-temperature treatment phase before planting.

Usually, if purchased from a regular store for home planting, the bulbs have been processed by the producer and can be planted directly upon purchase.

Depending on the climate differences across the country, planting can generally begin around Chinese New Year. In the south, where the climate is mild, tulips can be planted all year round. In the north, it’s possible to plant tulips indoors with air conditioning and heating.

Generally, to make it for the holidays, planting can begin in mid-November. After planting, appropriately processed 5° tulip bulbs can bloom in about 30-40 days. 9° bulbs take a bit longer, around 50 days. If the temperature is too low, the growth and blooming time will be extended.

Landscape viewing planting:

Increasingly, scenic areas are using tulips to add visual interest, and various tulip exhibitions are on the rise. Planting in scenic areas usually begins around September. Depending on the climate, this can vary by half a month to a month.

After natural low-temperature treatment in the soil, the tulip bulbs will start to grow when the temperature rises to around 8°. Generally, tulips bloom intensively from March to April, though some bloom as late as May.

Greenhouse protected cultivation:

For tulips grown under protected cultivation, planting typically starts in mid-November to align with holiday sales. Depending on the holiday, whether it’s New Year’s or Chinese New Year, the planting period may vary.

To maintain continuous production, a new batch can be planted every 10 days or so. This prevents market saturation and ensures a steady supply. Typically, these tulips will bloom and be harvested about half a month before the holiday.

Water-cultivated tulips:

Many people enjoy water-cultivated tulips. However, if you don’t have much experience in planting, it is safer to start with soil cultivation. When water cultivating, it’s important to use a proper support to hold the bulb.

If the bulb is fully immersed in water, it can lead to problems such as bulb rot and foul-smelling water. It’s best to use a suitable container to hold the bulb above the water, allowing only the root plate to touch the water.

Also, the water in the container serves the same purpose as soil, so it’s essential to maintain its temperature, or the roots will not grow well.

Additionally, it’s important to supplement with nutrient solution and change the water regularly based on the growth condition. The planting time for water cultivation is similar to soil cultivation, and with proper care, the tulips can bloom in about a month.

Daily blooming time:

Tulips, being long-day plants, love sunshine. After the bud sprouts, try to expose it to the sun around noon each day.

Usually, the tulip petals will open and emit fragrance when the sunlight is strongest, close to midday. However, note that the scent of tulips can be slightly toxic; excessive inhalation may cause dizziness. Therefore, if you’re growing tulips at home, ensure good ventilation.

Be aware that inhaling too much tulip fragrance can have adverse effects, so it’s crucial to have good ventilation indoors.

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