Tulip Piste Bulbs
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- ZONEPerennial, zones 3-8
- SHIPPINGBeginning in fall
- INCLUDES12 bulbs in a cloth bag, with a wooden plant marker
- Botanical NameTulipa
12 Bulbs: A Piste is a ski slope, but whatever. We'll happily sit in the lodge by the fire and garnish our hot chocolate with these vanilla-butter-cream colored double blooms. Tulip Piste is great for your shadier tulip spots, bringing light to the garden bed and making your other tulips and spring bulbs pop their colors out. They're also completely ravishing on their own, with just a touch of peach-pink along the edges.
- HEIGHT 16-18"
- SPACING 1-3" between bulbs
- LIGHT Full sun or part-shade
- DEER Not deer resistant
- KIDS+PETS Non-toxic, edible petals
- CLIMATE Needs freezing winter temps to bloom
- WATER Only needs supplemental water in very dry conditions
- INDOOR+POTSGrows well in containers outside
How to Plant
Dig a hole and tuck your bulbs in, pointy side up, about 6" deep (roughly 3 times the size of the bulbs) and about 3" apart. You can plant them closer for a fuller display, but be sure the bulbs don't touch. Now fill in the soil, give it a few solid pats so it compresses around the bulbs, then give it a long drink of water. Mark that pot or spot with your wooden plant marker so you know where your tulips live now. Wait for spring.
Where to Plant
Find a place that gets at least partial sun; 4 or more hours a day.
When to Plant
If planting in a cold region, plant in the fall, anytime before the ground freezes for the last time. If planting in a warm region, (zones 9 and warmer), place your bulbs in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, in the bags they came in, by themselves (without other produce). Remove from fridge after at least 6 weeks and plant in late winter.
When to Expect Blooms
Water when soil is dry, once leaves appear.
If planting in a container, be sure the pot has ample drainage. Fill the bottom 2-3" of the pot with pebbles to prevent clogging. Wait for the foliage to wilt and turn yellow before clipping it back late spring, so that the bulb can store energy for the next year's blooms. When picking flowers for bouquets, be sure to leave at least one leaf per plant.