Among the most reliable and colorful spring-flowering bulbs, Tulips are recognized all over the world as a classic spring bulb. But if you want to ensure that they pop up by Spring, you need to plant them in the fall.
Things You Will Need
- Flower bulbs
- Garden hose
- Bulb fertilizer (rock phosphate)such as Lilly Miller or Alaska Brand
- Garden trowels
- Chicken wire
- Tulip bulbs
- There are literally hundreds of types and species of tulips to choose from, varying in color (there are even striped tulips), flower form and time of bloom. Consult a good bulb book for details.
- In mild-winter areas, most tulips won't repeat bloom year after year without being dug up and chilled the following fall. In such areas, however, most gardeners simply treat tulips as annuals, buying new bulbs and replanting each year.
- When chilling tulips in the refrigerator, keep them away from apples and other fruit. Fruit may cause the bulbs to rot prematurely.
- Without proper chilling (12 to 15 weeks below 45°F), most tulips will not bloom the following year.
About the Author
Willi Evans Galloway loves to read, write, talk about, and teach people how to garden organically and grow their own food. For the past five years, she has worked as the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine. Willi also recently created www.digginfood.com, a site that serves up gardening and cooking inspiration. Willi lives in Seattle with her husband, four pet chickens, a lawn-destroying labrador, and way too many tomato plants.