Thursday, May 20, 2010

What plants bloom in December in Southern California?

Hi. What plants (I'm looking for a garden plant, not wild plant) bear flowers in December in Southern California?

Do tulip bloom at that time?


What plants bloom in December in Southern California?
Last x-mas my yard outside San Diego was a blaze in color. on x-mas morning i picked dayliles, roses, delphiniums, hibiscus, poinsettias and a bunch of flowers i didn't know the names of. (my first x-mas in Calif) i had a huge basket of flowers on out table for x-mas dinner. tulips are a different story here. you need to put them in the fridge for some time before planting or they won't grow. i suggest you contact your local master gardener sight for info. every county in California has a large master gardener program who are trained experts to answer garden questions from home gardeners. your county's farm advisor can hook you up with the master gardener sight for your neighborhood. Calif master gardeners are great. they'll send you all the info you need and it's free.
Reply:Hi, I live in Socal. What blooms in Dec:

Camellias, Pointsettias(If we're lucky), often Paperwhite Narcissus, Shade Azaleas, Cyclamen, Primroses, Pansies, Iceland Poppies, Snapdragons.
Reply:Locally you can get information from your college extension service or from your county master gardeners. Tulips require many hours of chill time to grow. It never gets cold enough in your area. I do remember reading that tulips stored in an icebox works, but for how long, as the master gardener experts.
Reply:Southern California is a big area with many elevations, night temperatures, salt conditions, and mini-climates. If the days are warm and the nights are cool (but not frigid) where you live, most varieties of tulip should bloom if planted for December blooms.

Your bulb source should be able to give you the timing for planting for December blooms. Refrigerate the dry bulbs for about two weeks prior to planting.

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