What Time of the Year Do You Plant Tulip Bulbs?

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What Time of the Year Do You Plant Tulip Bulbs?
Tulips bring a splash of colour to your garden. (red and yellow tulips image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Planting

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.

What Time of the Year Do You Plant Tulip Bulbs?
Tulips need the winter chill to get ready for spring. (peach and orange tulips image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

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.

What Time of the Year Do You Plant Tulip Bulbs?
Store tulip bulbs in a cool place. (Tulips image by Chester from Fotolia.com)

Blooming

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.

What Time of the Year Do You Plant Tulip Bulbs?
Different tulips start blooming at different times of the season. (tulips image by Cathy Kovarik from Fotolia.com)

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