When Is the Best Time to Plant Tulips?

When Is the Best Time to Plant Tulips?

The best time to plant tulips is in the fall. Plant the bulbs when the soil 6 inches deep is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

In U.S. hardiness zones 4 and 5, tulip bulbs should be planted in September or October; in zones 6 and 7, tulip bulbs should be planted from October to early November. In zones 8, 9 and 10, the tulip bulbs should be stored in a paper bag in a refrigerator for six to eight weeks before they are planted. In zones 8 and 9, tulip bulbs should be planted from November to early December; in zone 10, tulip bulbs should be planted from late December to early January.

Tulips grow best in a sunny location that is not too damp. Amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, before planting the bulbs. Large tulip bulbs should be planted in 8-inch-deep holes, while smaller tulip bulbs should be planted in 5-inch-deep holes. The bulbs should be set with the pointed end up before the soil is packed back on top.