How to plant Tulip bulbs
How to plant tulips?
Planting spring flowering bulbs (Tulip bulbs)
It’s a fact of life: to enjoy the glorious bulb flowers that bloom in spring – such as tulips and others – you must plant them in the autumn. That’s the hard fact. The fun fact is that nothing is easier to grow or more colourfully rewarding than flower bulbs. Even the most unskilled gardener can create a breathtaking and beautiful spring garden with flower bulbs. Spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in the autumn because they require a sustained “dormant” period of cold temperatures to stimulate root development. The only rule is that, spring-flowering flower bulbs must be planted before the first hard frost. It’s best to plant flower bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home. If you must store them, keep them dry and cool – between 10 and 15 degrees (°C).
Here are some professional planting tips
Most spring-flowering Dutch flower bulbs will thrive in either full or partial sun, but do just fine in almost any location that offers good drainage. Flower bulbs will rot in standing water so avoid areas prone to flooding, such as the bottom of hills or under drainpipes.
After choosing the site:
- Dig either a trench for a bed planting, or individual holes for individual flower bulbs or small cluster of flower bulbs. To determine how deep to plant, consider the calibre or size of the flower bulb. Large flower bulbs (5 cm or more) are usually planted about 15 cm deep; smaller-size flower bulbs (2.5 cm) are planted 7-10 cm deep.
- Loosen the soil with a rake to aerate it and remove any weeds and small stones. Mix in a bit of peat moss to improve soil drainage. Place – do not push – bulbs firmly in the soil with the pointed side up. Space large bulbs 7-20 cm apart and small bulbs 3-7 cm apart. (If you’re not sure which end is right side up, don’t worry. Upside-down flower bulbs usually come up anyway!)
- Cover the flower bulbs with soil and water generously, if the soil is not wet yet. Add 5-7 cm of mulch, pine bark is fine, on top of the garden bed. This will provide added protection from the cold and keeps the soil from drying out.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3. By following these simple guidelines, your colourful garden is sure to turn the neighbours green with envy. Basically it all boils down to: buy those flower bulbs, put them in the ground and dream all winter of the glorious spring that awaits you.