Planting A Tulip Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Flushing, NY
Question by andies
February 10, 2000
When is the best time to plant tulips, and what are the conditions needed to grow tulips?


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Answer from NGA
February 10, 2000

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Tulips are usually purchased as bare bulbs and planted in the fall. They will come up and bloom the following spring. Sometimes they are available in bloom in the spring, too. They need a location in full sun and a spot that is well drained, meaning not soggy. Average soil is usually sufficient. After tulips bloom, remove the flower stems at the base and then allow the foliage to continue to grow and eventually ripen (turn brown) so that the bulbs can rebuild their strength to bloom again.

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