Tulips are beautiful, bright flowers that are a sign of spring and prefer cooler climates with dry summers. There are many different tulip varieties and colors, and their heights range from 6 inches to 2 feet. There are varieties that bloom earlier in the spring, and varieties that bloom later in the spring. Although tulips are perennials, most gardeners treat them as annuals, planting new bulbs every fall.
How to Grow Tulips in Your Garden
- Plant your tulip bulbs in the fall, about 6-8 weeks before the first hard frost.
- Try planting 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 a site with full, afternoon sun, or a shady site if you live in a warmer climate.
- 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.
Caring for Tulips:
- 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.