Wondering how to plant tulips? Follow these steps below for the best
are planted in the fall. They need a cool season to begin growing their
roots and preparing for dormancy.
Depending on zone, they are typically planted in September and October.
Pre-order your bulbs so you get the best selections. You will receive your
bulbs at proper planting time.
How to plant Tulips
Fall is the perfect time to plant tulip bulbs. Plant them when the
weather is cooling off around September even into November or December.
This allows the bulb some time to get settled into its new home and
growing roots before going dormant. Tulips grow well in any average
garden soil with good drainage. It is desirable, however, to break up
heavy soils before planting and work in some compost or peat to a depth of
10-12" to keep the soil loose. Before your bulbs arrive, you can improve
poor soil by adding some organic matter in the form of compost or aged
manure and working it thoroughly into the existing soil. After this has
been done and a few days have passed to allow the soil to settle, you can
plant your bulbs. How deep should tulips be planted? They should be
planted 6" deep or 3 times their height. Make sure you point the tip of
the bulb up.
When growing your tulips in containers, avoid placing the container in direct sunshine. The soil needs
to remain cool so the bulb doesn¹t prematurely receive signals that spring
has arrived. If the sun warms the soil in the container too early, the
bulb will send up shoot and flower before an adequate root system has
developed. Keeping the soil cool for as long as possible will encourage
the strongest and most expansive root system possible.
are special because, unlike many hybrids, they come back
reliably year after year. Besides choosing a truly perennial variety,
there are a few steps you can take to ensure perennial performance...
Plant bulbs in well-drained soil. This will help naturalizing or
perennializing and cut down on the risk of disease and fungus. Plant bulbs
deep. Measuring from the base of the bulb, place the tulip about 6" inches
deep. Water after planting. This will ensure that your tulips
develop a strong root system before going into winter dormancy. After the
blossoms have peaked, remove the flower heads and allow the green foliage
to die back. Fertilize in fall and spring.
Tulips are very easy to grow. Most gardeners plant their bulbs in November in
full sun. Place your tulips about 6" deep in moderately loamy soil with some humus and sand added. After
flowering, allow bulb foliage to wither before cutting - that way, sap in
the foliage returns to the bulb where it provides added strength for next
are tulips beloved for their large, egg-shaped blooms and tall, strong stems that can
withstand the wind and the rain. They are cultivated extensively as cut
flowers due to their size, sturdiness and wide range of bright colours.
Darwinhybrids are among the best tulips
blooming for up to five years each spring when care is taken to remove
their faded blooms. For best results, plant them in fertile, well-drained
soil where they will receive a good amount of morning sunshine but will
not be subjected to too much direct afternoon sunlight during hot
weather. Some of our favorites are Sun
, Halley's Comet
and Guinevere Jumbo Perennial Tulips
Care in Lifting - You may choose to lift your tulips after
the foliage has ripened. This is not necessary with hardy perennial
varieties. If you lift, store the bulbs in a dry place during the summer
and replant them next fall in fresh soil - this will reduce the risk of
disease. Each year before replanting, inspect your bulbs for bruises or
cuts that may allow diseases to enter and then spread to other bulbs. This
is essential since an infection of the incurable disease 'Fire' (Boyrytis)
will require you to burn all your tulips!