When to Plant Tulips?

No Bloom Heralds Spring Quite like the Tulip. Learn When to Plant Tulips for a Garden Full of Color

High-Quality Tulip Bulbs Give the Best Result

For a stunning display next spring, it’s essential to start with top-quality tulip bulbs. All our bulbs are grown in the Netherlands, where the light, sandy soil and generations of expertise combine to create the best flower bulbs in the world. The tulip bulbs take two years to develop; they are then shipped in temperature controlled containers, arriving at your door in perfect condition and ready for planting.

When to Plant Tulips by Zone

Tulip bulbs are planted in the fall and we ship our bulbs from September onwards. The best time to plant them will depend on your zone; if you are unsure when to plant tulips, select “Let DutchGrown decide” when placing your order and we will ship your bulbs at the most suitable time for your area. Plant your bulbs 5” deep when the soil temperature is 60°F or less: for zones 4 and 5, this will be in September or early October, for zones 6 and 7, in October to early November and in zones 8, 9 and 10 tulips can be planted as late as December to January.


The Best Way to Plant Tulips

Tulips look their best in company: whether you're planning a large border or a small container display, group tulips together for the best effect. A group of the same variety should be planted at equal depth to ensure that they all bloom at the same time; the easiest way to do this is to shovel the soil away, level off the surface, position the bulbs with the pointed end up and replace the soil.

Alternatively, try “lasagna planting”: layer up early, mid-season and late flowering tulip varieties in a container and enjoy a succession of brilliant spring color. DutchGrown are the tulip experts and our collection includes beloved favorites and new varieties of tulips bulbs to brighten up your spring. Order top-quality Dutch tulips online for the best results: look out for our early bird discounts and special offers.

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