My Friend’s Tulips

To force a Tulip means to pot the Tulip bulb, replicate winter conditions, and bring it into bloom earlier than its normal spring bloom time. One can force a Tulip to bloom earlier, but one cannot force a Tulip to bloom later.  Most tulips need at least 12-14 weeks of temperatures below 55 degrees F to bloom.



My friend got a potted forced tulip in pretty pink. The buds were almost open.








She watered it and put it next to the window.  Within a week the flowers opened wide and are quite beautiful.







I think I need tulips too. I love the shape of the flowers.  Here in Florida we are too warm for most northern spring bulbs like tulips.  Many of us buy potted forced plants in late winter and spring. Flowers always make a home look better.  I just always feel sad that I can’t plant the bulb for next year. It won’t come up.










Wishing you sunny days and tulips.














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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

34 thoughts to “My Friend’s Tulips”

    1. Next time you order food delivery, see if the store has a potted tulip. They should already have flowers and you don’t have to do anything but water it.

  1. I love tulips and pink is so sweet. I didn’t know that you can force a tulip to flower sooner. I will just have to enjoy looking at them in pictures because tulips won’t grow here.

    1. Tulips do not grow in the ground in Florida. You can buy potted forced tulips in stores here. That’s the only way we enjoy them in Florida.

  2. The potted tulips look great, dear Carol – and it’s a good idea if the climate conditions aren’t perfect for outdoor tulips. Maybe you can dig up the tulip bulb after flowering (and after the leaves have drawn in, which has given the bulb some strength) and store it in a dark (wooden) box with sand. So that the daughter bulb can create a mini tulip inside during the summer months, it needs storage temperatures of around 20 °C. The more airy the bulbs are stored, the better they keep. Put them in earth again in autumn – then it should sprout again next winter…
    All the best from Austria

  3. Pink Tulips was my daughter’s favorite flower while my grandmother loved yellow Tulips and I’ve always wanted to plant some in my yard but as of now I haven’t but one day when we purchase our own home my yard will be full of Tulips. Thank you for sharing your friends Tulips and I wish you a nice day.

  4. These pale pink tulips are so pretty! We can’t grow tulips in my area outdoors because the deer will eat them. we can grow daffodils as they leave them alone but they don’t bloom here until June as our spring is always very cool and snowy.

  5. These are so pretty and your photography make them even more so. I didn’t think there was anything that would not grow in Florida. 🙂 So if you plant the bulbs in new soil and keep them in a closet until late winter, they won’t pop up again? Pinned & tweeted.

  6. Tulips are so beautiful. They come in so many beautiful colors too.

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  7. Beautiful tulips. It’s too bad that they will not grow in FL, but I guess you don’t have the necessary cold weather to get them started. These are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing in the Weekend Garden & Tea Party!

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