Choosing Tulip Locations for Gardens

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Decide where the best spot for your tulips would be within your garden in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. Tulips are just one of the most beautiful flowers you can have in your garden and they're really easy to grow but there's a lot of people say a lot of different things about how to plant them and where to plant them and a lot of the rules seem like they're not the same. So from my experience when you're planting them in the garden, you don't need to plant them eight inches deep. In fact, I only plant my tulips in the Northwest about three or four inches deep and I found that's almost better because when they do come up they still aren't falling over, they're deep enough so that they're going to have a strong base. But yet they rarely rot out. It seems if I plant them really deep six to eight inches deep, they'll rot out for sure because they're at the bottom of my flower bed whereas if they're raised up a little bit they have some good drainage and when I plant them in the garden I like a lot of color. So not just three, five, six bulbs, I like to do twelve, twenty-five bulbs in any one area and that way when they come up and bloom they stagger a bit too, so some will start blooming before the others and as they bloom you'll get one to two months out of them and its just a glory, glorious thing to see them blooming in your garden. And when you plant them in raised beds and you plant them along with your summer blooming bulbs that you're watering in the summer, I pretty much don't worry about them at all. When they're in the bloom I leave them be, when they die back and they're brown, I cut them out and that's about as easy as it is. Next we'll talk about how to plan tulips in warmer climates.