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How to Plant Tulip Seeds

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Tulips provide big, beautiful blossoms that resemble upside-down bells in a large assortment of striking colors. Typically grown from bulbs, tulip seeds work as a means to grow tulips also. Plants grown this way may not produce any blooms for five to seven years following planting. Provide the appropriate conditions, use the proper methods to plant tulip seeds and benefit from watching this little seed germinate, grow and flourish into a mature tulip plant.

Place the seeds in a small plastic bag with wet vermiculite. Put the bag in vegetable crisper of your refrigerator for three months prior to planting. This helps in the tulip seeds' germination process.

Use a hand trowel and healthy soil to fill starter trays or pots. Use a gloved finger to make a hole about ¼ of an inch deep.

Space the tulip seeds at least ½ of an inch apart. Place one seed in each hole.

Use your hand or the trowel to cover the seed loosely with soil. Completely cover the seed and hole, but do not pack it tightly.

Supply water to the planted tulip seeds to keep the soil damp at all times. Utilize lukewarm water for watering.

Continue to water until seedlings appear. Increase the quantity of sun the plants get until full sun is supplied.

Do not transplant tulip seedlings to their permanent location until they are strong enough. Look for a second leaf to appear on the stem first.


Things You Will Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Vermiculite
  • Starter trays or pots
  • Peat-based soil
  • Plastic or domes for trays
  • Hand trowel
  • Gloves
  • Water supply


  • If you have a large cold-storage unit, you can use an optional way to cold-treat tulip seeds for germination. Instead of putting seeds in the refrigerator (as in Step 1), place seed trays covered with plastic in cold storage for three weeks. Place trays outside in a shady area, keep damp and cover with glass. Transplant to a permanent location when seedlings have a second leaf.

About the Author


Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.