How to Plant Tulips

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Tulips are flowers that bloom in the spring, and they should be planted with the tip facing upwards. Plant three bulbs of any variety of tulips at once with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening tips. 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 plant tulips. Now tulips are one of my favorite spring blooming flowers. They come up in so many different colors, and so many different shapes. And whether it's a Parrot tulip, or traditional yellow or red, or even a Black Queen of the Night tulip, they're gorgeous in your garden or in containers. And there's a few simple rules that I like to follow when I'm planting a tulip. First of all, I always remember when I plant a tulip, to plant it just like a Hershey's Kiss candy with the tip going up, so if you can't tell which way is up, you can always go sideways but never put it upside down, although it probably will work it's way up. But I usually try to put the tippy side up, an when in doubt, sideways. And when planting in container, or even in any group, my rule of thumb is at least three. At least three plants, or three bulbs of any variety. And when you plant 'em, there's different theories. Some people say to plant 'em six, seven inches deep, but here in the Northwest, I've found three inches is good enough, and you don't want to plant 'em too deep because I found they rot if they're planted too deep. Good drainage is the key with my tulips, so whether it's in raised beds or in a container, they've gotta have good drainage and I only plant 'em in groups of three, three inches deep, and the more the merrier. So even if you put five or ten or twelve in one area, about three inches apart, they'll do really well and they'll come up really nicely in the spring. And again, I still have a theory, even in the ground, I don't plant 'em more than three inches deep. The books will tell you seven, eight inches deep, and if you live in a really cold climate where you've got snow on the ground all winter long, and that's probably a good idea, but here in the Northwest, three inches seem to be the key. Any deeper and I lose 'em. So as long as they've got good drainage, and they've got a place to multiply, they'll do well, and another trick I found is make sure and water your tulips over the summer, 'cause if they're in a pot, and they're bone dry, or in they're ground and they're just bone dry over the winter, they'll dry up or they'll cook and they won't do well the next year. So if you put 'em in with Lilies and Calla Lilies, or even in a pot, if you put a lily in the middle or a Calla Lily that blooms in the summer, or Crocosmias that bloom in the summer in the same pot, they'll do much better. And in my containers, I try to keep them on the dry side for the winter, so I threw them against the eaves. They're in the greenhouse for the winter, and they seem to hold up better than if you leave them soggy all winter long. In the ground, I just leave 'em be, and raise beds, and they do wonderfully, and they perform really well every year...and I never lose 'em! Now, tulips are really attractive to deer, so my trick with that situation is just put 'em in the middle of some daffodils. So I put daffodils all the way around thee outside, and put all of my tulips in the middle of that group, and then that way the deer don't seem to mind or find the tulips, and they come up and they bloom every year, really well. And over the years, sometimes you lose some of your tulips, but I've got some of the same tulips in my bed for ten, fifteen years, and they do wonderfully. So don't be afraid to grow them. They'll do gorgeous and that way you can have beautiful tulips in your garden as well.