Sometimes even december or even later works best if you live in mild winter areas. Tulips are so eager to grow that if you plant them too soon they ll send their leaves up right away.
Planting tulip bulbs in autumn for a beautiful display next spring is a wonderful thing to do.
Tulips planting and growing tulips. Planted as bulbs tulips provide spring flowers in dazzling colours and flower shapes. Tulips have an embryo tucked away inside waiting to begin growing so when choosing tulip bulbs for your garden make sure they re fat and firm. For an interesting twist on growing tulips indoors why not try growing them in water.
When should you plant tulips. Specialist tulips related to wild species often multiply in gardens. Tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun.
Keep them in a cool dark place such as a garage for 6 8 weeks until the shoots appear then bring them into a bright warm room where your tulips will bloom within 2 3 weeks. Here are our top tips for winter bulb planting. Sprinkle the soil back into the holes and pack it down with your hands taking care not to tilt the bulbs in another direction.
Tulips don t need to be planted until october november. If you missed planting your bulbs during autumn early winter and you ve got a pack of tulips or daffodils laying around in january or february plant them and take your chances. Growing tulips indoors in water.
Whether you are just planning to plant tulips in a pot or if you have a garden to fill you can get the whole family involved and you ll have buckets of cut flowers come the spring. Tulips should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart from each other. How to grow tulips.
The recommended hole depth is 4 to 6 inches deep and measured from the top of the bulb to the surface. Soil must be well draining neutral to slightly acidic fertile and dry or sandy. You don t want bulbs that are soft moldy and flabby with missing papery petals.
Larger bulbs would require deeper holes. You will want to purchase your tulip bulbs in late august or early september late summer early fall but wait to plant them until mid autumn. As before the tulip bulbs must be chilled for several weeks before planting.
Plant bulbs in individual holes or dig a trench if all your bulbs can be planted at the same depth. Wait to plant tulip bulbs until mid autumn up until 6 weeks before a ground freezing frost is expected. Species tulips which aren t targeted by squirrels can be planted more shallowly generally about 4 10 cm to 5 12 5 cm inches deep while mid sized species like tulipa greigii are planted 6 15 cm to 8 inches 20 cm deep.
Grow them in borders rock gardens and containers before summer flowers appear. Where to plant them. Place them in the holes pointy side up otherwise they ll try to sprout downward.
Sometimes even early winter december works best if you live in mild winter areas. All tulips dislike areas with excessive moisture. Plant the tulip bulbs.
What if i don t plant them by christmas. Tulips need to be in the ground for 8 to 15 weeks when temperatures are between 32 and 50 degrees. Keep in mind that the more tulips you plant the more impressive your garden will be when they bloom in the spring.
In zones 7 and 8 choose a shady site or one with morning sun only as tulips don t like a lot of heat.