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Old 09-29-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Does anyone have good luck with tulips here? There is nothing like seeing beautiful red tulips in the spring but they seem to struggle here. Are there certain types that do better than others? I know I will have to use blood meal and probably dig them up to refridgerate in the fall next year. Any other suggestions?
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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It a good time to plant tulip bulbs before the first frost which can be in October (watch the 7 day forecast to know when it coming.

I have had great luck with tulips and Iris if you want the best recommindations call or stop by the Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension. They may even have bulbs to buy. Phone number on the home page

If you are not in Mecklenburg try this site to pick your county in NC. North Carolina Cooperative Extension: County Centers

After you plant them cover them with chicken wire to prevent squirrels from eating the bulbs.
Also use a mixture of Bone Meal .

Good luck and show us on this forums photos of blooms next spring on this forum.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:05 PM
 
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Sunny gave you great advice! I would only add an emphasis to the chicken wire to keep squirrels out. I have lost literally dozens of bulbs due to squirrels. I planted 3 dozen beautiful Stella D'Oro bulbs when we first moved here and three came up. The squirrels dug them all up! We found one coming up out in the woods, LOL, where one of the little critters had evidently stashed it!!!!
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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In the spring, spread some human hair around the bulbs. You can ask a hairdresser or barber for it. That will deter the rabbits & squirrels from eating the flowers.
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:49 PM
 
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In the spring, spread some human hair around the bulbs. You can ask a hairdresser or barber for it. That will deter the rabbits & squirrels from eating the flowers.
will dog hair work I can get plenty of that on this sheltie after one brushing.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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will dog hair work I can get plenty of that on this sheltie after one brushing.
It just might, Sunny. Give it a try. The human hair retains a scent that scares them off. I've done it for years. I would think that sheltie hair would do the same, especially since shelties love to chase them around.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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In the spring, spread some human hair around the bulbs. You can ask a hairdresser or barber for it. That will deter the rabbits & squirrels from eating the flowers.
Hi Southbound. Just want to add that this trick really works and even more so, than any of the store bought stuff. If you have a patch that is grown for vegetation and not show, than you can leave a worn t-shirt and the human smell will deter the deer, fox, rabbit, etc.. In the flower beds, the hair works best. Of course, the best solution is to send DH or DS out after dark to "leave" a scent and lightly water. That keeps them away for alot longer than hair.

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Hi Southbound. Just want to add that this trick really works and even more so, than any of the store bought stuff. If you have a patch that is grown for vegetation and not show, than you can leave a worn t-shirt and the human smell will deter the deer, fox, rabbit, etc.. In the flower beds, the hair works best. Of course, the best solution is to send DH or DS out after dark to "leave" a scent and lightly water. That keeps them away for alot longer than hair.
Thanks for the back-up Doorway! I've taken a tall kitchen trash bag to my hairdressers who were happy to fill the bag for me, for free.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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another tip

Around this area in this state our weather can fluctuate.
We may have a cold snap in November and a warm snap in December (football, bocce kind of weather) and in January your plants may begin to sprout use fabric and not plastic to cover your tender plants. Fabric breaths , plastic smothers
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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another tip

Around this area in this state our weather can fluctuate.
We may have a cold snap in November and a warm snap in December (football, bocce kind of weather) and in January your plants may begin to sprout use fabric and not plastic to cover your tender plants. Fabric breaths , plastic smothers
Great points Sunny. The plants get really confused when it's freezing cold the 2nd week of December & you're walking around barefoot New Years Eve.
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