information: There are literally hundreds of varieties
of Tulips available for our outdoor flower beds. For indoor pot forcing
we are limited to a handful of beautiful selections. Potted Tulips
are available at your local Colorado Garden Center or Floral Shop from
January thru March.
When shopping for potted Tulips look for plants with good
green foliage with few or no brown or yellow tips. You'll want to
select a Tulip with buds that are closed or just beginning to open.
The tighter the flower buds... the longer you'll be able to enjoy
them. The pictured plant is a perfect example of what to look
for, it has four tight buds and two that are just beginning to
Once you get your new Tulip home place it in bright indirect
light away from heat sources, such as TV's or heat ducts. Heat
will speed up the natural flowering process shortening the life
span of your plant. Tulips are usually potted in a sandy soil
excellent drainage for your plant. Be sure to place your Tulip plant in
a saucer or drip tray to catch the water that is sure to run out.
Water your plant every couple of days. Fertilizing is not
Once your Tulip has finished flowering you can either
discard it or plant your bulbs outdoors come spring. Pot forced Tulips will not flower
again for two season when planted outdoors.