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    The life of a tulip bulb

    by joiwatani Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Favorite thing: You are probably going to La Conner to see how beautiful the tulips are and in the future planning to plant tulips. Well, then, here's a general tip for you about the Life of a Tulip bulb. These are the seven stages of a bulb's growth.

    1. Sept.-Oct. (Planting Time)
    The tulip bulbs are going to be planted. Most important: plant them twice as deep as the bulb is high. They have no roots at this stage.
    2. November (Making Roots)
    The roots start growing out of the base. They establish themselves in the soil and take nourishment out of the soil. The mother bulbs get ready for winter.
    3. Dec-Jan. (Cooling Period)
    Now starts the rest period. In order for the bulbs to blom in the spring, they need 4-6 weeks of at least 5"c. or 40"f. Frost at this time does not harm the bulbs.
    4. Feb-Mar (Growing Period)
    The bulbs begin to change as the starch, or cabohudrates, in them turns to sugar. As this occrus, the leaves and flower grdaully push upwards out of the bulb.
    5. April-May (Blooming time)
    The tulips are in bloom- they receive their nourishment from the roots. Only the brown skin of the bulb remains as all of the energy has gone to the bloom.
    6. May-June (Regeneration)
    After the blooming period - the blooms are cut and the leaves are left on the plant. The new daughter - bulbs will be using the food values of the leaves to grow.
    7. July-Sept (Multiplying)
    Up to five small bulbs can be expected to grow out of the mother bulb. They form their roots slowly and develop their blooms and lveaves withing the bulb, for next year's plant.

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    Traffic Safety Tips

    by joiwatani Written Apr 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Here is a list of the Traffic Safety Tips given by State Patrol of the Washington Bulb Co.:
    1. State Route 20 - Use it! Wide open, efficient, fast.
    2. Be Patient - These are rural farm roads that are easily overwhelmed.
    3. Flaggers are there for your safety - Please be courteous to them.
    4. Look for designated parking areas - They are next to fields.
    5. No Parking Zones will be enforced and tickets will be issued.
    6. No Parking allowed in travel lane of any public road or on private property.
    7. Farm Equipment- Slow tractors now ensure a good harvest later.

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    When you bought flowers:what to do at home!

    by joiwatani Written Apr 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: To keep tulips standing straight and tall, first cut the stem tips with a sharp kniefe. While still wrapped, place immediately in water, allowing them to draw water for five to six hours. Then remove wrap, arrange flowers and enjoy!

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    Go to the farm early

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: When you are planning to go the the Tulips Festival, make sure to go early. The best time to arrive there is at 9 a.m. There's plenty of parking. Unfortunately, you have to pay $4.00. Make sure to keep your ticket stub because you can re-use this to go to other farms. There are flaggers to lead you to your parking spot.

    Do not park on the road side. You will definitely get a ticket from the sheriff. The road sides are not as wide and you might even get stucked in there.

    You can also bring your own brown bag but it is really good to eat and support the local restaurants in La Conner. You have to go to the town from the fields. It's only about 6-10 minutes drive- depending on the traffic of tourists going to the farm.

    Do not speed because there are sheriffs out there parked on the sides of the road!

    Make sure to bring extra jackets because it gets chilly and windy at the farm.

    Don't forget your camera. The tulips farm is a paradise for photographers.

    Bring extra money to shop in La Conner. There are dozens of specialty stores of arts and crafts in the town of La Conner!

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    sunnywong's General Tip

    by sunnywong Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The Name of La Conner originated by the town's leading landowner after his wife L(ouisa) A(nn) Conner.

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    The Skagit Valley Tulip...

    by sunnywong Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

    Fondest memory: In April brings thousands of visitors who come to see and photograph the blooms.

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