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Eco Minute October 9, 2015

When I lived up north, knowing that the tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted in the fall would be blooming in the spring helped to get through the long, cold winter.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  In NW Florida, we don’t have the long cold winters and tulips don’t do well here, but you can still plant bulbs now that will welcome the warm spring weather.   According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences or IFAS, Florida's climate lets growers raise a variety of tropical and subtropical bulbs in their gardens. However, many common northern species such as tulips, hyacinths, and some lilies do not do well this far south.  Their website and several other websites have lists of which bulbs do well in Florida.  They also have directions on how to prepare the soil and plant your bulbs for the best results.

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.