Fall is for planting tulip bulbs, which come in many different colors. Tulips do best in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The brightly colored, upright flowers may be single or doubled stemmed, and vary in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex forms. They are excellent in beds and borders to highlight any landscape. They are perennial, although many gardeners and landscapers treat them as annuals.

A few tips on planting tulip bulbs are as followed.

  • Plant the bulbs right away after purchase and in the fall. 6-8 weeks before a hard frost.
  • Plant in a site that has full or afternoon sun. Also, tulips dislike excessive moisture so plant in a well drained soil site.
  • When planting, space at least 4-6” apart and at least 8” deep in the ground.
  • Fertilizing the tulips with a well balanced liquid fertilizer weekly for 3 or 4 weeks right before and during flowering. This will establish a healthy flower!

For as little as $50, tulip bulbs can be purchased by the hundreds so if you’re looking for a display of flashy color in the spring, don’t forget the tulip as an option!