Transplanting Tulips

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Transplant tulips when they are done blooming by replanting them with the tips up as soon as possible after being moved. Plant tulips 3 inches deep and provide full sun with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about, "How to transplant tulips"? Now tulips are gorgeous cut flower and a gorgeous flowering containers. And many times we get them as gifts for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day and then they bloom and then they die. Or you have them in a container and they bloom and they're gone. So what do you do with them afterwards? How do you transplant them? Well there's some easy rules that you should follow. The best time to transplant tulips is when they're not growing. So as soon as they're done blooming and the, their growth has just died back completely or in the fall or the winter when they're not growing at all, that's the best time to transplant them. And basically you just take them out of the container that they're in, so these already bloomed to this year so you just kind of shake off all the dirt and once you have the bulbs, you turn around and the trick is to always plant them immediately back in the ground or in another container. And you can always add to them or even leave them in a paper bag if it's going to be a short period of time. But either put them right in the ground or leave them in the container, separate them out 'cause they do get crowded. So you want to do groups of three at least. They don't want to be one by itself; if you haven't time to mount, then it shouldn't be by themselves. So always keep them in a group of three or more and when you plant them the tip goes up. So if you can't tell which way is up, it's like a Hershey's Kiss candy, wind it up go sideways. But usually it's pretty easy to tell, the tip goes up and you just turn around and plant them right in the ground or in this case, I'm putting them into a larger container. So I want to put, I like them crowded. So I found, if you have larger container, go with five, seven, twelve bulbs altogether about three inches apart. And so as you transplant them to, you make sure that you don't get them too dry or you leave them too wet. You want to leave them just in some more soil or in the paper bag. So when you put them right into a container right away, because they do get crowded over the years, leave at least three inches in between and put them in basic triangles. So there's zigzag as opposed to just rows and a little bit away from the side so just so that they have some dirt to grab onto and then I turn around and put dirt right on top of them. And with tulips, I found that they only need to be about three inches deep. Books will tell you five, seven inches deep; but here in the Northwest anyway, it takes them forever to grow. So if you plant them too deep, I find they sometimes rot out. So the key is to give them good drainage, plant about three inches deep and groups of three or more in triangles. Make sure they've got lots of full hot sun in the spring time. So if you have a deciduous trees, that's okay 'cause they're not going to have leaves on them in the spring time. They only have leaves in the summertime, so you can still plant them there. And if they're in a container, keep the container dry in the winter, if they're in the ground, just leave them alone. Always plant them with lilies or calla lilies or crocosmias that you have blooming in the summer so you continue to water them in the summer and if they're in a pot, throw the pot to the side of the house so it stays dry in the winter. But outside of that, transplanting tulips, you can do it anytime they're not growing or they're in bloom and they'll come back every spring for your enjoyment.