There are hundreds of Tulip varieties. The smaller varieties may be the easiest to force successfully.
Keep very moist during growth and flowering, allow to dry between waterings.
If bulbs are to be saved, feed weekly with liquid house-plant food from the time bud appears until foliage dies back.
Re-pot each year. Remove offsets.
Plant Tulips in early Autumn in order to enjoy the flowers indoors in mid to late Winter. Plant 5 or 6 bulbs in one pot not touching each other, using either peat-based compost or bulb fiber. Place planted bulbs in dark position. Check the pots every 14 days to make sure the compost does not dry out.
Always buy fresh bulbs. Choose varieties which are recommended for indoor cultivation. They should be good sized and firm. Plant as soon as possible after buying them.
Bulbs cannot be grown in bowls for more than one season, so after flowering transfer them to the garden for flowering the following season.
Tulips need total darkness for 8 weeks, diffused light for 2 weeks, then full light to flower. Bowls kept outdoors will not need watering, but for bulbs started indoors it is necessary to keep them moist. When they grow 1-2 inches move the bowl to a cool shady spot indoors. After a week move to warmer and full light where you want them to flower. Keep away from draughts and heaters.
Tulips make excellent pot plants for the conservatory or indoors. Most Tulips are suitable for container planting.
Average indoor humidity levels. Do not spray.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.