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How to plant bulbs in hot climates

by dig the dirt editor

Just because you live in zone 9 or 10 doesn't mean you can't have the joy of blooming bulbs. You just have to trick them into thinking they've spent the winter up north! There is no magic involved in this, just a refrigerator.



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STEP 1: Select heat tolerant Tulip cultivars.


STEP 2: Chill your bulbs.

  • Place in your refrigerator for 8-10 weeks. 
  • Keep your bulbs chilled until you are ready to plant them and they should go straight from the fridge to the ground.


STEP 3: Choose a shady area.

  • If the bulbs are planted in the shade they will avoid being overcooked on hot days.  Their blooms will also last longer.


STEP 4: Mulch the bed.

  • This will help to keep them cool and retain moisture. 
  • Remember that bulbs need moisture, but hate to be overwatered.  They will rot in too wet soil, so during a particularly rainy period, you may want to pull back the mulch a little to allow the soil to dry.


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