I live in a warm climate; which bulbs are best for my area?

Created by Kinsey Harris, Modified on Mon, 06 Jun 2022 at 03:05 PM by Kinsey Harris

Bulbs That Grow Well in Hot Climates


Almost any lily bulb will do well here, from the common daylily to the more exotic spider lily and African lily plants. Bulbs with larger and showier blooms, or even attractive foliage, are natural to these regions. 

Caladiums, Dahlias & Elephant Ears:

Try raising caladiums, dinner plate dahlias, or the enormous elephant ears. These also do well in warmer climates.

Gladiolus, tuberose, and narcissus or daffodils:

Gladiolus, tuberose, and narcissus or daffodils are among the more modest of the bulbs that still do well in the warmest areas of the country. 

If you still miss your old tulips and crocus flowers, you can enjoy them in the warmer weather in the south, but you’ll have to treat them as an annual or dig them up at the end of the season to provide a suitable cold treatment. Place the bulbs in paper bags, storing the bulbs in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator. Remove any ripening fruit from the fridge, as these give off ethylene gases that kill off flower bulbs. Leave the bulbs in the drawer for three to four months, then move them directly into a bed of well-drained soil. Bury them about 6 inches (15 cm.) deep and keep the bed well-watered. You’ll see sprouts in a matter of weeks and blooms in about a month.

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