The Q&A Archives: HELP! I know nothing about planing blubs?

Question: I am interested in planting bulbs. Does it matter where I buy my bulbs? Does bulb quality differ based upon retail?

Also, How many bulbs per square foot? How close do you plant them? How far apart do you plant tulips? THANKS!

Answer: Let's see if we can guide you in the right direction so your tulips grow and flower well for you.

Choosing healthy bulbs is the first step to growing beautiful tulips. Selecting individual bulbs gives you the opportunity to choose only the best ones. Containers of bulbs may be less expensive, but you are less likely to receive a good portion of quality bulbs this way. Bulbs should be large in size, with no cracks or signs of rotting on the outside of the bulb.

Tulips will bloom best when planted in the autumn months before the first frost, typically around October or November. Choose a location that receives ample sunlight and does not retain too much water. Too much moisture will cause the bulbs to rot. Preparing the soil before planting your tulips will provide an extra boost in their health and beauty. Soil should be worked and loosened well. Try to work a depth of at least six inches of soil. Compost, peat moss, bone meal or fertilizers designed for bulbs can be added while working the soil to promote growth.

Plant your tulips approximately four or five inches into the soil. Light soil and exceptionally frigid climates may require you to plant your bulbs slightly deeper. Bulbs should be planted at least six inches apart. The wide base of the bulb should always be planted facing down. After you have planted your bulbs, lightly pack the soil on top of them and give them a light watering. If winters are especially cold in your region, a light covering of mulch may be beneficial. Otherwise, little winter maintenance is necessary.

Hope this information is helpful!

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