How to Plant Tulip Bulbs in a Vase Indoors


Tulips are a cheery spring blooming bulb that comes in a range of colors. Some have large and unusually-shaped flowers with curled and twisted petals, while others have a large double flower bloom that resembles a peony. Tulip bulbs, with their wide range of shapes and colors, are also ideal for growing indoors because they can be planted in small spaces, such as containers. Create an unexpected indoor vase using tulips mixed with crocus, another early blooming spring bulb.

Step 1

Select a large enough vase to hold the tulip bulb and soil. Use a vase at least 10 inches in diameter to give the bulbs adequate room to grow.

Step 2

Fill the vase with three parts garden loam, two-parts peat moss and one-part sand, as recommended by Deborah L. Brown and Harold F. Wilkins of the University of Minnesota Extension. Don't worry about adding fertilizer, as the tulip bulb has enough food stored inside.

Step 3

Situate the bulbs close together so they are touching each other. This will help to support the bulbs once they are full-grown. Place the tulip bulb pointed end up and place in the soil. Don't press the bulb into the soil, rather gently place the tulip bulb into the soil. Cover the bulb with soil, leaving the "noses" or pointed ends exposed.

Step 4

Water the bulbs as soon as they are planted inside the vase. Leave one-half to one-quarter inch at the top of the pot for easy watering and to prevent excess from spilling over.

Step 5

Place the vase in a well-lit window so the bulbs receive adequate light. As the tulip grows, make sure the soil never becomes dry, as this will affect the growth of the flower.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Garden loam
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Water


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Planting Tulip Bulbs
  • Bob Villa: Tulips
Keywords: planting tulip bulbs, growing bulbs in vases, indoor tulips

About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.