Here are step by step instructions and pictures that will show you all how to plant a large grouping of tulips. Keep in mind that tulips in large groups can offer a very stunning spring display. Here are a few basic guidelines:
First, realize that there is no hard and fast rule about how far apart to plant spring bulbs. A general rule of thumb is to keep them 3 or 4″ apart, but I have found that leaves your display looking sparse. Trust me, it is ok to put tulips in rows right on top of each other!
Secondly, you don’t necessarily have to plant them point side up! They are pretty smart and know which way to send up the chute next year. However, I figure that I will plant them right side up anyway just to make their little lives easier!
Next, plant your tulips around 4 or 5″ deep unless they are in a raised bed (like in these pics) then plant them a good 6″ deep. Raised beds are more apt to freeze in winter for obvious reasons.
When you are covering your tulip bulbs with dirt, be sure to lightly tamp down each layer because it you don’t, the dirt will settle over the winter. We want those little bulbs to be snug under that fresh soil and not have a bunch of air pockets in between.
It is also a good idea to buy tulips from a professional grower and not from your local big box store. Many times the tulips you buy at Home Depot or Menards are old and rotted. Professional growers like Breck’s Bulbs will get you quality, fresh stock.
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Lastly, when planting bulbs en-mass like this, get some that are said to bloom early, some mid-spring and some late spring. This way your show will be extended and every developing as the spring goes on and on.
See the pics for more info on planting groupings of tulips.
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