10.13.2014

Time To Get Your Tulip On


With the back to school drama, a mere memory at best, and pumpkin, costume and candy picking just about to take center stage, now is the perfect time to dream big and start your spring tulip planning.


Whether you are using a color blocked design



or a single


double




or triple color theme



Now is the time to start planting


Plant in Mass.....and I do mean Mass. One tulip here one there is never going to give you the show you are looking for. A good rule of thumb is to double or even triple whatever you thought you would need, and stagger your rows.......makes for a fuller more natural display


Tulip planting tips:
Plant bulbs 6-8 weeks before a hard frost

Tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun. In zones 7 and 8 you can get away with a bit of shade or morning sun.

Tulips do not like wet feet preferring a well drained soil. Wet soil will lead to fungus and bulbs will rot.  Water only after planting to stimulate growth or during a very dry spell.

Plant bulbs at least 8" deep measuring from the base up, and between 4' to 6" apart.

If planning on re-using bulbs next fall, feed them at planting time.

With tulip bulbs " bigger is better"





To deter mice and moles from feasting, mulch with holly or other thorny leaves .
or try planting within wire baskets .............have not tried this but it sounds good in theory.



Not sure where you should be planting your tulips? Try planting among the late spring emerging perennial beds such as Hosta , Lamb's Ear and Nepeta to name a few. As the plants leaves develop and open  they will hide the yellowing foliage of your tulips.




Nothing says spring like a containers of tulips gracing a front door or lining a walkway. For most of us in the cooler climates the surest way of getting these beauties to bloom come spring is by forcing. 
Brown bag your bulbs and place in the fridge for 10 weeks......tulips need  cold temps to get things going.......do not and I repeat do not place in crisper draw or near, apples, grapes apricots or onions it can actually kill your bulbs. After 6 weeks has past plant as you normally would in garden pots or in shallow glass dishes lined with pebbles. No need for soil as the bulb itself is all the food your tulip will need in order to bloom.


For the showiest of shows fill the entire pot placing bulbs shoulder to shoulder.


You can never over plant tulips!

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If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net