How to Grow Tulips

Expert tips for growing tulips. The best time of year to plant tulips, what kind of soil is best for tulips, how deep to plant tulip bulbs, and more.

When people think of tulips, it is not uncommon for them to think of Holland. But the name actually originates in Turkey and a literal translation of the term in Turkish means turban.

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No matter who named the tulip, the flowers are some of the most recognizable in the world and remain a favorite of people today.


Although tulips are technically considered to be perennials by the experts, it is perhaps best to think of them as annuals given the year around nature of their care and blooming cycle.


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When is the Best Time to Plant Tulips?


It is in late October or perhaps even early November when green thumbers should plan on planting their bulbs into the soil.


What Soil is Best for Planting Tulips?


What type of soil is best for tulip bulbs? Sandy soil is the best option. Sandy soil helps with drainage from the tulip. Verify that you use a planter properly otherwise your tulips might not drain. If tulips don’t drain properly then they can rot more easily.


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You may not live in a sandy soil area so you can just add sand into the soil yourself. Also make sure to put some compost in the soil as well.


The key is to have soil that is mostly dry when digging and planting tulip bulbs.


How Deep Should You Plant Tulips Bulbs?


There is no specific depth that the experts recommend you plant a tulip. This is due in large part to the fact that tulip bulbs come in a wide variety of sizes. For a rough idea of how deep to plant the bulbs, measure the length.


Then, multiply that length by three and plant the bulbs at that depth. Although not an ideal solution, this rough idea will net you more tulips in the springtime than simply planting your bulbs at a uniform depth.


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Expert tips for growing tulips. The best time of year to plant tulips, what kind of soil is best for tulips, how deep to plant tulip bulbs, and more.


Tulip Maintenance and Care


Tulips are great at warding off flower disease. However, they are not immune to everything. Usually you will see “tulip fire” which leaves the stems stunted and deformed.


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Brown patches will surface on the stunted stems and leaves. If this occurs then you need to completely get rid of the tulips and start again.


Now you don’t want to constantly have to go out and buy new bulbs every year so you want to dig up the bulbs at the end of the season. Then, store them in a cool yet dry place until it is time to replant them in the fall.


They are susceptible to rotting even when they are not in the soil so storage is extremely important. The time to dig up tulip bulbs is after the foliage has completely died out.


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Tulips have a beautiful color and charming aroma. How can you enjoy this beauty longer? Add a little sugar to the water in the vase and your tulips will live longer.


They will live wonderfully in your vase for about a week. Tulips are rich, colorful flowers that can add happiness to anyone’s day.


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