Full-bloom Period: Spring Use: Outdoor Plants Style: Perennial Climate: Temperate
If you don't want to plant them immediately, you can store the seeds in air-tight containers in the refrigerator to use later Also, stratify the seeds for 60 to 90 days in a moist, cold place. After that, plant them in small containers.
Tulips (Tulipa spp.) are most often grown from bulbs, though they can also be started from seed. The process of starting them from seeds is a long one, and the tulips will not bloom for four to six years from the time they are sown.
Many experts say to sow seed thinly since the seedlings will remain in the container for several years as they develop. Others say to sow thickly to increase the chances of germination and more plants which can be thinned later on. Either way, a good medium to use is compost or seed starting mix with 1 part horticultural sand added. Flats or individual 2-inch pots are appropriate, filled with pre-moistened medium. Tiny seeds are sown on the surface of the material while larger seeds should have a light coating of sand. Keep the medium lightly moist until germination occurs. Watch for damping off and thin seedlings once little sprouts are observed. You can move the containers outdoors during the spring and summer months and grow on as you would any bulb. After 12 to 15 months, prick out individual plants and pot them up separately to continue development.