Time to Plant Tulips and Hyacinths

Robert J. Souvestre  |  12/21/2011 3:53:53 AM

Remember those tulips and hyacinths you purchased in October and November and have been chilling in the refrigerator for at least 6 to 8 weeks? Well, it’s now time to plant them.

Best results are obtained when pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs are planted into the garden in late December or early January. Plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs in sunny to partly shaded areas that have good drainage. The bulbs should be planted into well-prepared beds that have been generously amended with organic matter and a light application of general-purpose fertilizer. Tulips and hyacinths are planted about 5 inches deep, measured from the bottom of the bulb, and spaced about 3 or 4 inches apart.

There is a trick with tulips. Look carefully and you will see that one side of the bulb is flattened. Plant the bulbs so that the flat side faces the outside. The first leaf the bulbs send up will all face the outside, creating a more attractive presentation.
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