Tulips are some of the most popular flowers in the world, and that's because they're easy to care for and add a ton of color to any garden! Learning how to plant tulip bulbs is easy and fun, so keep reading this gardening guide and fill your garden with beautiful, colorful flowers!
How to Plant Tulip Bulbs in The Garden
- Plant tulip bulbs in the fall, about 6-8 weeks before the first hard frost.
- Plant bulbs as soon as you purchase them – they don’t like sitting around for too long.
- If you live in a warmer climate, purchase chilled bulbs or keep them in the fridge for 12 weeks before planting them.
- Choose an area with full or afternoon sun. If you live in a warm climate, plant your tulips in a shady area.
- Soil should be well draining, neutral to slightly acidic, fertile, and dry or sandy.
- Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches, and then mix in a 2-4 inch layer of compost.
- Space each bulb 4-6 inches apart.
- Plant each bulb at least 8 inches deep, measuring from the top of the bulb.
- Cover with soil and press firmly.
- Water bulbs as soon as you’ve planted them.
- Water tulips during dry spells.
- Compost every year to provide nutrients for future bulbs.
- Don’t water in rainy seasons. Extra rainy seasons are death sentences for tulips.
- Deadhead tulips after flowering.
So now that you know how to plant tulip bulbs, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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I planted about 25 tulip bulbs in a large tub. 90% bloomed even though it was tight when they leafed out. In Sept I was going to separate and take out of the tub and I couldn’t find more than a few bulbs. The rest I just found the skins and it looked like they were all gone or turned to mush. Why??