Asked December 10, 2017, 12:27 PM EST

I live in California and I have a few bags of tulip bulbs that I want to plant but I heard they have to be frozen so is there any way to plant them without freezing them

California flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Thank you for your tulip question. Tulip bulbs do need a period if cold dormancy to be able to rebloom, but it need not be freezing. Just getting them below 40 degrees will typically suffice. Here’s an article about their needs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/bgen/chilling-flowering-bulbs.htm This is why many gardeners in climates that don’t have cold winters dig them up and chill them in a refrigerator. Hope this is helpful. Good luck!