planting Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mfitzpa556
October 30, 1997
I live in northern Ohio; is it to late for me to plant tulip bulbs?

Answer from NGA
October 30, 1997
It's best to plant bulbs about 6 weeks before the ground freezes, so they will have time to settle in and begin developing roots. Spring-flowering bulbs like tulips also need a certain amount of chilling, and this is satisfied during that 6-week period. (Once the ground, and bulbs, freeze, it is no longer considered chilling --it s too cold!)

A better time to plant would have been early to mid-October in your region. However, if you already have the bulbs, you may as well go ahead and plant them. (If you don t have the bulbs, I wouldn t invest too much money in them, because you are a little late.)

Mulch the bed with 2 or 3 inches of bark chips or straw after planting, and hope for the best.

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