tulips - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by doloresbaron
October 19, 2010
I bought a bag of tulips. All the advise I found online says to plant them about 8 in. down. However on the bag it shows 2

Answer from NGA
October 19, 2010
The general rule of thumb in planting tulip bulbs is to set them twice as deep as they are wide. In cold weather regions they are planted just slightly deeper to prevent them from being heaved out of the soil during the usual winter/spring thaws. I'd plant them about 8 inches deep and space them 4-5 inches apart so the bulbs are not so close that they have to compete for moisture and nutrients with one another. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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