Growing Guides: How To Grow Tulips

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Tulips are so beautiful in spring and the fun is that it's a pint of a penny to achieve this. Growing tulips is easy and we make it even easier for you when you just follow these simple instructions on how to grow tulips.

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1. Growing Tulips: When to plant?

Plant your tulips bulbs in autumn when the soil temperature is below 60 degrees F. We always say; When you wear a coat during the day, it's time to plant your flower bulbs. This is usually in September and October in the northern states and October and November in the southern states.

2. Growing Tulips: How to store?

When you receive your flower bulbs and you are not ready to plant yet, have no worries. You can store your bulbs for a long period of time. Just make sure to plant the bulbs before the ground freezes. What is important: Please unpack your flower bulbs immediately upon arrival. Your bulbs need to breath air just like we do! Store them in a dry place with plenty of air circulation and ideal temperatures are 40-70 Fah.

3. Growing Tulips: How to plant?

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Choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that the location has fairly good drainage and does not tend to get waterlogged.

Follow the rule of thumb when planting tulips and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 6-7 inch hole, drop the bulbs with their top into it and cover with soil. Regarding the spacing between tulip bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 5-6 inches between each bulb. If you are growing in pots or containers, you can cluster them a little closer together for the best effect. After planting, water thoroughly so that the soil above the bulbs settles. Now sit back and let nature do the job!

4. Growing Tulips: How to take care in spring?

Once you see the first buds popping from the soil just water them a little when there is no rain for a period of 3-5 days. Keep doing this the whole growing season but make sure the soil doesn't get too wet. Most of the time natures' rain is more than enough in spring.

5. Growing Tulips: How to take care after blooming?

After flowering pick the green seedpods and cut the stem off as soon as flowering is done but don't cut the foliage until the nutrients they produce have been moved to the bulb and stored there. That moment is there when the leaves are totally yellowish/purple. After you cut the leaves, stop watering so that the bulb can rest. Please note that most tulips are annuals and not perennials. There is a big change they will come back for a year but it all depends on the growing conditions.


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