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Tulip sylvestris

This is a discussion on Tulip sylvestris within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; OK, don't worry tulip time can't last forever. I won't post many more of these. ...

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    Default Tulip sylvestris

    OK, don't worry tulip time can't last forever. I won't post many more of these.

    Tulip sylvestris

    Another species, another small one. Origin unknown. Now naturalized in Europe, N. Africa, Middle East and Russia.



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    No, keep posting Kev.

    Also state characteristics: ie, squirrel-proof, how quick to spread, special care requirements, etc. This is a form of home shopping for me...

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    OK, I will.

    This one is about 8 inches tall and seems dead hardy here in MN. I've lost a few species when we've had very cold winters with no snow cover. This one seems to take it OK. They increase nicely, squirrels don't touch them. I have most of my species in an area of my garden that stays kind of dry during the summer. From what I've read, that seems to be one thing most of them like. A lot of these species are from regions with really severe climates, at least very little rainfall in the summer.

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    I'm glad Julie whipped you into shape, Kev! If she hadn't, I would have!! Yeppers, the chains would be out. Seriously, I enjoy looking at your species tulip pix. I have never seen species available here.

    I have a few tulips in my garden that had a hard existence. Some were planted too close to the house and would emerge WAYYYYY too early and then gradually or suddenly freeze to death. (February in Manitoba has that effect!) The ones a bit further away got browsed by rabbits and just declined because they had very little foliage left to plump up their bulb reserves. I was literally down to a single plant when I decided to surround it with chicken wire. I've done it every year since and it gradually increased in size, with increasing number of blooms. I said a single plant, BUT either there was a second bulb surviving or it seeded itself because I now have two quite different flowers in my clump. How common is seeding for hybrid tulips?

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    Probably not too uncommon if you don't deadhead them. That's the main reason so many people complain about their iris reverting back to something else after many years of growth. They don't deadhead, the seeds fall amongst the other iris and sprout. Usually, they are much more vigorous than their hybrid parents and just outgrow them.

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    Good to know. I generally *do* deadhead, but I certainly do not rule out the possibility of one escaping me. From your comments, it sounds more like there probably was a second (i.e. different flower) bulb surviving and it just took a few years to plump up to a size where it was capable of blooming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule
    Some would emerge WAYYYYY too early and then gradually or suddenly freeze to death. (February in Manitoba has that effect!)
    God, Rob - I hope you're not speaking from personal experience about family or friends! I love stepping out during an early thaw. I'll certainly rethink that now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    God, Rob - I hope you're not speaking from personal experience about family or friends! I love stepping out during an early thaw. I'll certainly rethink that now...

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    LOL Julie,

    None of my family or friends have actually perished from cold, although sometimes it seems like we've had a narrow escape.

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    Thank God, Rob!

    Stoke the fires and huddle a bit longer. Summer's not here quite yet!

    Count the children at bedtime...

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