Because of their striking appearance and brilliant color, tulips
can be among the most satisfying flowers for a gardener to
grow. Whether you plant them as garden borders or in row
after row of gorgeous hues, our Dutch-propagated bulbs produce flowers that draw smiles from all who encounter them.
Their dramatic green foliage sets off these colorful flowers
perfectly. To landscape tulips that perform to their potential, it’s
critical to plant them properly
Tulip bulbs should be planted in fall before the ground freezes.
By planting varieties with different bloom times, you can have
tulips blooming from early to late spring. While it is not necessary for hardy perennial varieties, you may choose to lift, or dig
up, your tulip bulbs after the foliage has ripened. If you lift,
store the bulbs in a dry place during the summer and replant
them next fall. When replanting, be sure to use fresh soil to
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 fungal disease tulip fire (also called
Botrytis blight) will require you to burn all your tulips!
Most gardeners plant their bulbs in November in full sun.
Measuring from the base of the bulb, place your tulips about 6
inches deep in well-drained, moderately loamy soil with some
humus and sand added. This will help naturalizing or perennializing, and cut down on the risk of disease and fungus. Water
after planting. This will ensure that your tulips develop a strong
root system before going into winter dormancy. After flowering,
allow bulb foliage to wither before cutting. This lets sap in the
foliage return to the bulb, where it provides added strength for
Different tulip varieties offer all sorts of options for your garden,
so you may choose the sizes, types and shades that work best
for your space. Tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun. In
Zones 7 and 8, choose a shady site or one with morning sun
only, as tulips don’t like a lot of heat. Ensure that your soil
drains well and is neutral to slightly acidic, fertile, and dry or
sandy. All tulips dislike areas with excessive moisture. You’ll
want to space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart, so choose a large
enough planting site. When growing your tulips in containers,
avoid placing them in direct sunshine. The soil needs to remain cool so the bulb doesn’t 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.
8 bulbs per bag