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When is the best time to plant tulips?

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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.

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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.

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