When Should You Transplant Tulip Bulbs?

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Tulip bulbs should be transplanted to soil when the ground has cooled or into a flower bed that has plenty of water and has other flowers blooming. Find out more about when to transplant tulip bulbs in various regions with tips from a gardening... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com and in this segment we're going to talk about when is the best time to transplant tulip bulbs? Tulips are one of the joys of my garden. They're so beautiful when they come up in the spring in so many different colors and shapes and sizes, and they're just such vibrant colors and they really give me a lot of enjoyment. And they're just a small little bulb that looks like a Hershey's kiss candy. And you plant it with the tip up and the rule of thumb is to always plant them in the fall when the ground has cooled, because if you plant them in the heat of August, and we get a hundred degree day and you're not watering that bed, they can cook. But I'm coming to realize that any bulb that can survive the winter in our climate, which is the Northwest, and tulips can definitely survive the winter here, they can be transplanted any time of the year as long as it's a bed that you're already watering and taking care of because you have lilies or canna lilies or calla lilies, or any plants that you have in that bed that are blooming summer through fall. The books say don't plant them or transplant them until the fall and never plant, replant them or transplant them after November 15th. But wild west people like to break the rules. And anywhere on the West Coast, were we're not getting the hard winters, I have planted my tulips in January and they've come up and done wonderfully. I've transplanted them in September, I've transplanted them in July and I've transplanted them right after they've done blooming in April. And either way, they've always come back for me year after year. Always after transplanting your tulip bulbs, make sure and water them. And the trick is don't let them be too wet either. So in the Northwest we're pretty lucky because we can garden anytime of the year and we can move any time of the year and so can our bulbs. So the best time to transplant your tulip bulbs is in the fall, but if you don't get around to it in the fall, the middle of winter's just fine. Plant them when you get a chance and they will grow and you can enjoy them for many years to come.