In the bulb world, bigger is better. When planting my garlic, I always select the biggest cloves out of the whole bulb to plant the following year. This is because a bigger clove will more likely create bigger bulbs when multiplied underground.
What I like about DutchGrown
Insider tip: Second-rate bulbs produce second-rate flowers or worse, won't sprout at all! Only purchase from a reputable company like DutchGrown!
DutchGrown supplies Holland flower bulbs from Dutch farmers directly to customers in the USA. They are a 4th generation company and the 5th generation is already getting bigger each year! As a family company, their goal is to satisfy their U.S. customers with the newest and most exciting varieties of bulbs. They offer new and improved color blends and can even custom create blends for you on request! And I won't say they are the only great bulb company out there, but their pricing is quite impressive. You'll be happy with the dollars spent on what you receive.
Why should I get my bulbs from Holland?
How easy is it to plant tulips?
Step-by-step bulb planting tips
- Don't plant too early or they may pop up before the weather gets cold and die as soon as the frost comes. They need to lie dormant in the ground all Winter to come up in Spring.
- Tulips like part-shade to full-sun, and not be too wet.
- The color variety of tulips is astounding so it's fun to plant them in interesting patterns and shapes. You could alternate colors or plant one uniform row of tulips. Or, go for a plot of multi-colored tulips for a burst of color.
- Your biggest consideration is finding a spot with good drainage and fertile soil. This means no standing water or hard soil. To improve drainage, you can amend the soil with loam or peat moss.
- As you're digging, clear away roots, rocks and other debris that could prevent proper growth. If you worry about rodents, you can sprinkle kitty litter, gravel, holly leaves, or thorny bush branches to discourage such furry friends from occupying the hole.
- Yes, tulips are perennials, meaning they can come back more than once. But most bulbs only contain enough nutrients for it to bloom once because the soil isn't conductive to more than one year of growth. So if you want those bulbs to come back the following year, place some plant food in the holes before covering with dirt to provide nutrients for another season.
- You might want to add a few other amendments to the hole including compost, dried manure, worm casings and 5-10-5 or 5-10-10 granular fertilizer to help the bulbs grow.
A few lasting tips...
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