Tulips - Knowledgebase Question

West Monroe, LA
Question by CHZeh
November 19, 1997
When is the best time to get the soil ready for planting and what kind of soil do tulips grow best in? Is it too late to order tulips for this years planting period?


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Answer from NGA
November 19, 1997

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In your zone you probably are not too late to plant tulips. States such as SC, NC, FL, LA, GA are better off planting tulips in late November to mid-December when the soil has cooled to below 50-60 degrees. This temperature is essential to root development. So, if you already have them or the company you plan to order from can get them to you in that time frame, go for it! (Nov. 24 is the last day you can order bulbs from Burpee.) Tulips will grow in most soil types but if your soil is particularly sandy or heavy clay you would greatly benefit from loosening the soil and the addition of organic material such as compost, peat moss, etc. A few handfuls of pea gravel at the very bottom of the planting hole would also be beneficial as tulips demand excellent drainage.

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