Planting Tulips

A how to guide on planting tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs.

The big question this time of year is. . . 

How do I give bulbs the best start so that they naturalize?

Most species (not hybridized) tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs naturalize, meaning they multiply and remain in your garden for years. Plant in wavy drifts or uneven numbers. A good rule of thumb is to cover the bulb with a depth of soil three times the bulb’s diameter, a little more in colder areas. Bulbs appreciate a mulch of compost and leaves as well. Add bulb fertilizer at planting time – it breaks down slowly and provides nutrients next spring, allowing the bulb to replenish its stores after blooming.