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I love surprises. And I love flowers. Surprise flowers?
Planting bulbs is an easy way to add pizazz and a surprise in your yard for spring. Here are 6 quick and easy tips to planting tulip bulbs.
Pick your favorites
Selecting tulips can be overwhelming. There are many different varieties and colors that tulips come in these days. It is estimated there are 3,000+ different tulip varieties that are registered. These fall into 14 different groups.
Dutch tulips are just what you think – tulips grown famously in Holland. Many of these family farms have literally been around for well over 100+ years! They obviously know what they are doing. Purchasing directly from a supplier like this means quality is their number one priority.
Buy good quality bulbs
To know whether the bulb is good or not make sure it is plump and firm. Also it shouldn’t stink or be mushy or moldy. Another way to check if the bulbs are good is to fill up a bucket or container. Put the bulbs in it and see if any float. If they float, that means they are likely rotten inside which makes them lighter. Be sure to plant any good bulbs immediately. But if you are not planting them right away, be sure to dry them off and store them properly.
Store bulbs not being planted soon
If you purchased your bulbs before it’s a good time to plant them for your region, be sure to store the properly. This can help maintain the quality of the bulb and hopefully it will not rot, mildew, get mushy, or sprout prematurely. Store them in a paper bag in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. If you have room you can even try to store them in your refrigerator crisper drawer without any other fruits or veggies. It is estimated these can stay good up to a month.
Plant them at the right time
There is nothing sadder than waiting all winter to have tulips and then they don’t make it through the season. ☹ If you plant them too soon, they might sprout leaves and frost can kill them off. If you plant to late, they might not have a long enough period of cool temperatures for the process that causes them to flower. Check out this article from HGTV about the best time to plant your tulip bulbs for your region.
Get ready for the fun flowering surprise!
When your selected your tulips last fall, they were either early-blooming, late-season, mid-season, and species. These names are indicative to when to expect them to bloom. The species tulips are a little trickier to figure out estimated bloom times because these actually bloom at different times.
Early season tulips generally bloom from March to April. Mid seasons tulips make their appearance extend their blooming period later into spring. And just like you probably already assume… the late season tulips you guessed it are around more in the late season.
Enjoy the blooms!
Of course, enjoy your yard or patio or indoor planters looking lovely with these pretty flowers. But what about bringing the outdoors in or sharing with friends and family? Grab a pretty vase with water and cut a couple stems as the color is just starting to show in the bloom. These can last around 5 days and bring joyful beauty indoors.
Dutch Tulips are such a happy addition to any yard. You can also grow these in planters indoors or on a patio or balcony. Enjoy these pretty flowers for seasons to come!
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