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When is the best time of year to plant tulips and other flower bulbs?


Tulip bulbs and other spring flowering bulbs should be planted in the Autumn / Fall, before the ground is frozen.

Answered by Miriam Young

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As Miriam said, spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils (Narcissus), crocus, hyacinths and others are planted in autumn.

As a general rule of thumb, the depth that you plant a bulb should be equal to three times the diameter of that bulb. For instance, if you're planting a tulip bulb that's approximately 2 inches in diameter, it should be planted about 6 inches deep. Larger bulbs, like daffodils, may go slightly deeper, while small bulbs such as crocus or snowdrops may only go 2-3 inches deep. Good drainage is essential for bulbs if you want them to continue to return, year after year.

Answered by Troy B. Marden...Gardens from USA, Nashville, in June 2010.

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I'd like to add that bulbs can be planted in the Spring, also - but they will bloom out of their usual time-frame the first year and go back to their 'regular' schedule in succeeding years.

Answered by Labour of Love Landscaping & Nursery from USA, Glover, in June 2010.

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Most spring-flowering bulbs are best planted in September or October. Tulips are best left until November.

Answered by GardenForum Horticulture from United Kingdom, Peterborough, in July 2010.

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