Northeast Gardening forum: Tulips - How far apart and how deep to plant?

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TreeSong
Oct 4, 2018 12:04 PM CST
I'm about to plant tulips - a mix of early, mid and late blooming varieties in a long flower bed in NY - for the first time in many years. How many inches apart should they be planted? How far down?

I remember last time I planted them I used generous amounts of bone meal and those tulips came up for many years.

FrankMosher
Oct 4, 2018 12:20 PM CST
TreeSong, welcome back to the tulip planting world!! I plant a lot of tulps, and here in Nova Scotia and Holland, the suggested depth is 6" unless it is really warm where you are, in which case they should be planted deeper to keep them cool. The space between does not matter, as close as you want them. Send us a pic! Cheers!
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RobinD
Oct 4, 2018 4:52 PM CST
They look much nicer planted close together.....

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TreeSong
Oct 11, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Agreed, though it may shorten the number of years they last. How many inches apart would you suggest?
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RobinD
Oct 11, 2018 2:05 PM CST
I would say 3".....
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Oct 15, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Species tulips you can get away with 3x3; standard type tulips you will not be doing the tulips or yourself a favor with less than 4x6 .
Depending on size of bulb , deeper is better, i.e. four by six will work but six by eight will make for better repeat blooms and six by 10 is as good as it gets.

Bone meal is fine, I still use it as I inherited pounds from my aunt, but dedicated Tulip fertilizers nowadays is better as a large portion of bone-meal just sits there and does nothing but dedicated fertilizer does what it is supposed to do.
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TreeSong
Oct 15, 2018 6:08 PM CST
Thank you RobinD and RPR. @RPR, when you write 6 x 10, do you mean planted 6 inches apart in one direction, say sideways, and 10 inches apart in the other direction, say front to back? And how many inches deep do you recommend?

What are species tulips and how do they differ from standard tulips? The only distinction I ever followed before was mixing early-blooming, mid-blooming and late-blooming varieties, which provided at least 7-8 weeks of blooming. Is there anything you would change in spacing when mixing early, mid and late blooming varieties?
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RpR
Oct 15, 2018 6:27 PM CST
TreeSong said:Thank you RobinD and RPR. @RPR, when you write 6 x 10, do you mean planted 6 inches apart in one direction, say sideways, and 10 inches apart in the other direction, say front to back? And how many inches deep do you recommend?

What are species tulips and how do they differ from standard tulips? The only distinction I ever followed before was mixing early-blooming, mid-blooming and late-blooming varieties, which provided at least 7-8 weeks of blooming. Is there anything you would change in spacing when mixing early, mid and late blooming varieties?

Six inches apart, square and Ten inches deep.

Species tulips:

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Species Tulips (Botanical Tulips)
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Species Tulips
The Wild Bunch
Species Tulips are the uncut diamonds of Tulips. Un-hybridized and uncultivated, many have a raw beauty and a tough constitution. Most are small. Some are tiny. Many, given the right conditions, will naturalize freely, just as they do in their native habitats in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Despite this, they are only now becoming widely available to gardeners - although they have long been coveted by collectors and enthusiasts, who tend to favor them over hybrids.

Unlike other Tulip Groups, Species Tulips are not defined by their flowering times, which may be anytime between February and May.

Species Tulip are also sometimes called Botanical Tulips.

Tips for Growing Species Tulips
In the wild, many of these Tulips are kept dry as a bone in summer. Make sure your soil is well-drained. Add plenty of sharp grit if necessary.
For a natural look, try scattering bulbs and planting them where they fall.
As with other tulips, leave dying foliage for at least six weeks after flowering.
To encourage naturalizing (spreading) don't deadhead the flowers.
Many Species tulips will naturalize in Southern US states such as Texas, where winters are too mild for hybridized tulips. Successful varieties include Tulipa clusiana (Lady Tulip), Tulipa praecod (Fire tulip), Tulipa saxatilis (Cretan Tulip), Tulipa sylvestris (Florentine Tulip) and Tulipa orphanidea (Greek Tulip).
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Early four by six
Medium five by six
Late six by eight
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crawgarden
Oct 15, 2018 7:52 PM CST
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