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|Plant Type||Flower bulb|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil Type||Well-drained clay, loamy or sandy soils|
|Soil pH||Neutral to slightly acidic|
|Bloom Time||Early to late spring|
|Flower Color||Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Bicolor, White|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Special Features||Most tulips make outstanding cut flowers.|
Tulip bulbs are among the best-loved spring flower bulbs. Nothing says spring like a bright display of these classic, cup-shaped blooms. By planting a large swath of tulips, you can attain a natural-looking, Dutch-field appearance. K. van Bourgondien has a wide selection to choose from and years of experience cultivating quality tulip bulbs. Learn more about growing them and maintaining their care with this how-to guide.
Darwin Hybrid Tulips—Feature traditional egg-shaped blooms, bold colors and long, sturdy stems. Blooming in mid to late spring, they're reliably perennial.
Double Flowering Tulips—Large, luxuriant blooms resemble peonies. Available in rich colors, they give gardens a unique look.
Lily Flowering Tulips—Give gardens a sophisticated, chic look. Available in bright hues, they look exceptional in borders and will draw the eye to the property.
Parrot Tulips—Flamboyant blooms feature vibrant splashes of color and fringed petals. These sought-after tulips are ideal for mass plantings where their flowers are appreciated even from a distance.
Species Tulips—Low-growing tulips with exotically shaped blooms bring flair to rock gardens and front borders. Early blooming variety looks best planted in groups and naturalizes well.
Tulips are planted in the fall when the nighttime temperatures dip to 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit and several weeks before the first hard freeze. For northern gardeners, this is usually sometime in September or October. For southern gardeners, this is usually in November or December. The best time to order your tulip bulbs is late summer to early fall. Unique tulip varieties often sell out quickly, so ordering early is better.
Most tulips grow in hardiness zones 3-8. They're winter hardy in most temperate climates and suitable for many parts of the United States. You can find more information on growing zones at our zone finder page.
Tulips can be grown in full sun to partial shade. In northern climates they prefer full sun, while in hotter areas, they benefit from a bit of afternoon shade. When planting tulips, keep in mind that they bloom before many deciduous trees leaf out in the spring, so they can often be planted under trees.
Tulip bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil. You can improve the soil's drainage by working compost into the soil. The bulbs should be planted about 6" deep. A good rule of thumb is to plant them at a depth that's three times the bulb size. Space the bulbs about 6" apart. The bulbs should be planted pointy side up.
If you want to create a more naturalized look, scatter the tulip bulbs in a bed. Tulips are also stunning as border flowers.
While a shovel or trowel is great for digging, an auger and drill can make tulip bulb planting a lot easier. Both the Improved Bulb Auger and KneeSaver Planting Tool are time savers. Using an all-natural, slow-release fertilizer, like Van Bourgondien 100% Natural Bulb Food, at planting time can also give your tulips a boost.
Tulips, like other spring-flowering bulbs, are fairly easy to grow if you follow these tips on tulip care.
While tulips are easy-care bulbs, they may have some problems caused by the environment, disease or pests. Here are some common problems with tulips and some tulip plant care tips.
Tulip flowers look stunning in pots--and it's easy to do if you follow a few tips.
Tulips are most often propagated by dividing bulbs rather than from seed. Because most tulips are hybrids, propagating from seed often doesn't reproduce true. To propagate from bulbs, dig up the bulbs in the fall and break off the bulblets from the mother bulb. The bulblets can be replanted at a depth that is three times the diameter of the bulb. It may take a few years for the tulips to produce flowers.
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