Planting And Growing Tulips And For Beautiful Spring Color

Tulips Bulbs Are Easy To Grow, Cheap And Very Colorful!

Growing Tulips is an esay thing to do.
Learn about planting tulips, when to plant tulip bulbs and when the best time to plant tulips is.
The best tulip care tips for great spring color in your garden. All you need to know about tulips from storing tulip bulbs to the nicest tulip varieties.

Growing tulips is surprisingly easy once you understand the best conditions for planting and care. Tulips, often mistaken as Dutch, have origins traced to Southern Europe and Asia. These resilient perennial flowers come in a myriad of varieties.

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A Rembrandt Tulip

Photo: Ataradrac

Growing Conditions And When To Plant Tulip Bulbs

The ideal condition for growing tulips is cold winters and hot, dry summers. The best time of year for planting tulips is the fall, around October or November, before the ground is expected to freeze. If you plant the bulbs too early, they will grow too fast and most likely die before winter's end.

Soil Preparation For Growing Tulips

Once you decide when to plant tulip bulbs, you need to prepare the soil. Your garden must provide adequate drainage and contain dry, airy soil. Sandy soil is perfect for any flowering bulb; adding coarse sand or compost will allow for more oxygen or airy soil. Without proper water drainage, wet soil can drown the bulbs and cause fungus, disease and possible rotting of the bulbs.

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Pink And White Rembrandt Tulip

Photo: Suzba

How to Plant Tulip Bulbs

Tulips should be planted at 8-10 inches for large, 6-8 for average and 3-5 inches deep for smaller bulbs. You should measure from the base of the bulb and account for any additional layers, such as mulch, when determining the correct depth.

Although you must be mindful not to over-water, the bulbs require watering in the initial period after planting. In addition, you can add bulb fertilizer prior to or right after planting the bulbs. This particular type of fertilizer aids in initial growth and helps to ensure the Tulip will reappear next season.

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Fringed Tulip - Parrot Tulip

Photo: dawnzy58

Flowering Time For Tulip Flowers

Tulips begin to bloom in mid-spring and last until summer. You can cut the fresh flowers or leave them in your garden.

Tulip Varieties and Types of Tulips

The genus Tulipa contains over 100 different species, with more than 4,000 varieties of plants, in countless colors, heights, shapes, sizes and even fragrances. These are split up into 3 divisions: early, mid-season or late flowering.

Early flowering Tulips bloom in March and include single early, double early, Greigil, Kaufmanniana and Fosteriana.

Common mid-season varieties, which bloom from late April to early-May, are Darwin hybrids, triumph and parrot.

Six primary classifications of late flowering Tulips, or those that bloom after May, are single late, double late, viridiflora, lily-flowered, fringed and Rembrandt. In addition, wild varieties can be found in each division.

More Tulip Pictures...

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Fringed Tulip "Cummins"

Photo: alwyn_ladell

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White Tulips

Photo: mclcbooks

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Beautiful Orange Tulip

Photo: tanakawho

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Purple Tulips

Photo: Stacy Lynn Baum

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Tulip Blue Diamond

Photo: yuki_alm_misa

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