While growing Tulips may not seem like a big deal in cold weather regions, for those of us in warmer climates, it does take some planning to plant tulip bulbs correctly so that they actually flower. As a child, I was fascinated by tulip flowers & as a gardener, they challenged me! Anyway, apart from techniques like chilling in the freezer (which I don’t), it is very easy & simple to plant tulip bulbs for flowering in North India (Punjab, Delhi) & other generally hot regions.
There are two simple facts to consider –
- Weather – Since we have shorter winters, it is best to plant tulip bulbs as soon as it starts getting pleasant – around October. Please not that TULIPS flowers ONLY when it is COLD. They do not grow in tropical regions.
- Soil – Tulip bulbs rot easily and roots need to grow quickly, so well-draining loose soil is important.
How to plant Tulip Bulbs
- Get your soil ready. Add some compost, sand & check by pouring water. It should drain away in a minute or so. Standing water rots bulbs.
- Till the soil at-least 5″-7″ deep, no matter you are planting in pots or ground. Loose airy soil helps roots grow quickly.
- Lay out the bulb arrangement first. space tulip bulbs at-least 6″ apart.
- Dig about 3″ deep. This is illustrated in the pics that follow. See how deep the tool goes.
- Plant the tulip bulb and cover. (If by any chance you are trans-planting a bulb that is already sprouting, then just keep the sprouted part above soil.)
- Cover the planted bulbs & water.
- Water every alternate day or till the soil appears dry. Never over-water flower bulbs. They will rot.
Bulb to flower takes about 3 months in warm climates.
P.S. If you have planted bulbs and forgot what is where, here is a handy guide to IDENTIFYING LEAVES OF FLOWER BULBS, to help you identify the plants.
Here are some TULIP FLOWER PICTURES for you to enjoy, from previous seasons!
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