Tulips are a gorgeous spring flower that comes in a rainbow of colors and a myriad of shapes. I was inspired by the Tulip Festival we went to recently. Since then I wanted it to my garden. I plant them in the fall, before the ground gets cold and hard, and I watch them grow and bloom in spring.
Learn more about planting Tulip bulbs.
1. Prepare to plant the bulbs in the fall. Plan to plant the bulbs within a week after buying them. They shouldn’t stay above the ground for too long. Don’t plant the bulbs too early, or they might come up before the weather gets cold and die as soon as the frosts come. They should lie dormant in the ground all winter and come up in the spring.
2. Choose tulip bulbs to plant. You can get them to any garden store I bought my to Lowes when they have it sale. Tulips are hardy flowers that will grow in most climates. Choose bulbs that are firm to the touch with a light brown papery skin, almost like an onion skin. Do not plant a bulb that is soft or shriveled, as it may be rotten or dead inside.
3. Decide where to plant the bulbs.Tulips grow best in areas that are sunny or lightly shaded, and not excessively wet
4. Tulips grow in most soils, and there’s not much you need to do to get it ready for planting. However, if the soil where you live is very dry or hard, you can wait to plant the tulips until a day after it has rained. Remove any weeds or stones and use a trowel to loosen and aerate the soil.
5. Dig holes for the bulbs. Space the holes 4 to 6 inches apart, and dig them about 8 inches from the base of the bulb. So if you have a 1-inch bulb, you’ll need a 9-inch hole. The larger the bulb, the deeper the hole must be.
6. Place them in the holes pointy-side up (otherwise they’ll try to sprout downward). Sprinkle the soil back into the holes and pack it down with your hands, taking care not to tilt the bulbs in another direction.
7. Water the bulbs lightly. Right after planting, give the bulbs some water. This helps them begin the process of growing. Don’t give them a soaking, though; bulbs will decay and die if they get too wet.
8. Watch for the tulips to sprout in the spring. Just like mine 🙂