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Re: tulip forcing


Well, since I can't really be sure of the timing, maybe I'll start bringing
a few in this weekend. That's 3 weeks ahead.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 8:37 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] tulip forcing


> I guess it depends on your clients... I would want one that was just about
> ready (over the hump to speak), but not in bloom.
>
> At previous native plant sales, we would force natures hand and have one
of
> each thing blooming (well try to, didn't always work). Dang nabbit,
someone
> would buy that plant first, even after explaining that it is the wrong
time
> and you should pick another one.... but they just tug onto that plant...
> grumble.
>
> What do the rest of you do?
>
> Donna
>
> > Donna,
> > Sorry , to put you to the trouble, but those were times for summer
bulbs,
> > not spring bulbs.  Last night I did look through my files and found
> > estimates of 2 to 3 weeks and 2 to 4 weeks, with a caveat.  The caveat
was
> > that tulips require adequate rooting (noted by roots coming out the
> > bottom)
> > regardless of whether shoots are coming out the top, for them to be
ready
> > to
> > be moved.  So I'll check the bottoms tomorrow.  I bet they are ready
> > because
> > they've had at least 16 weeks out there.  I'll probably bring them in at
> > the
> > end of March for the April 15 sale.  I want them to be in bud, but not
in
> > flower, so buyers will feel they'll get their money's worth, timewise.
A
> > tag with the name and a picture will be attached to each pot.  Or do you
> > think I should have some in bloom to draw attention?
> >
> > BTW - I'm sending this to Chat too in case anyone is interested in the
> > timing and in case others have ideas about whether they should be in
bloom
> > or in bud for the sale.
> >
> > Kitty
>
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