If you want beautiful tulip blooms in spring, you need to know exactly the best time to plant the bulbs from which they grow. Tulips add a bright splash of colour and let you know it's time for warmer weather and sun.
Tulips should be planted between September and December, about one month before the fall frosts begin. This will vary, depending on what area and time zone you live in. The bulbs need at least 10 to 12 weeks of freezing temperatures before they begin to grow.
Storing Tulip Bulbs
Stores carry tulip bulbs from the end of summer onward, and sometimes it's too tempting to buy them early. If you've purchased tulip bulbs, but it's too soon to plant them, make sure you store them in a cool, dry place such as a paper bag inside the refrigerator.
Tulips bloom at different times, depending on the variety you buy. When purchasing bulbs, take a look at the packaging to see when they are expected to bloom. Early-season tulips begin flowering in early March, midseason tulips bloom in late March, while late-season varieties flower in mid April. Each bulb blooms for two to four weeks. Plan it right, and you could have tulips blooming all spring.
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