Planting Tulips Fall Season
Tulips may bring thoughts of warm weather, spring, new life — even a sense of renewal. But to enjoy tulips in spring, the best time to act is now. Tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs should be planted in October, giving them enough time to establish themselves for spring growth.
Planting Tulips Fall Season
Fall allows a “second season” of planting for spring blooming bulbs. Planting in the fall allows a jumpstart to spring growth. The cool weather helps to make a more enjoyable experience for working outside in the garden and requires less watering. The cooler weather allows spring blooming bulbs to winter over, this is important in order for bulbs to provide beautiful spring cheerful blooms.
How to Plant Fall Tulips – Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Loosen soil in the planting bed to a depth of at least 8”. Remove any weeds, rocks or other debris. You can mix in compost, other organic matter or slow releasing fertilizer if your soil lacks nutrients.
Step 2: Depending on the bulb, follow the recommendation on the label for planting depth. As a general rule, plant big bulbs about 8″ deep and small bulbs about 5″ deep. Set the bulb in the hole pointy side up or the roots down. It’s easy to spot the pointy end of a tulip; tougher with a crocus. If you can’t figure out the top from the bottom, plant the bulb on its side, in most cases, even if you don’t get it right, the flower bulb will still find its way topside.
Step 3: Now that the bulbs are planted, back fill with soil over the hole, lightly compress the soil but do not pack it. Water to stimulate root growth. There is no need to water continuously unless you live in an area with low precipitation in the winter months.
More Planting Tulips Fall Season Tips
- Get varieties with “perennial traits” for blooms over several seasons from one bulb.
- Buy organic. The flowers are brighter, stronger, and more fragrant.
- Plant in layers. For a long season, bury late bloomers deepest, then mid-bloomers, and earliest on top, with soil in between.
- Get deeper. Dig 6 to 8 inches down so bulbs don’t become squirrel food.
- Mulch lightly. Heavy mulch stops soil from freezing and throws off bulbs’ timing.
- Foil voles and squirrels. Form a bowl of chicken wire under bulbs and lay wire over them, just under the soil’s surface.
- Stop watering when leaves begin to die. But don’t cut leaves until brown. Bulbs are nourished by aging foliage.
- Dig up bulbs in rainy zones. Store in a dry place and replant in fall.
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