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How to Plant Tulips and Other Flowering Bulbs

Video Transcript

Julie Day Jones: The most important thing with bulbs is you want to get them at the right depth and you want to space them correctly. And, of course, if they take full sun you’ve got to pick the right spot to begin with. But tulips—let’s see—the package says five inches, some varieties of tulips I think like to be deeper.

We actually have an article on the website that has a good chart of what depth to plant what bulbs. The fun thing about spring bulbs is you can come out here in the fall and just… You can buy them by the bag. They’re really economical. You can pack them into spaces and then you cover them up and just wait for spring.

Storey Walters: And then it’s like a surprise.

Julie Day Jones: Then it’s like a surprise. This is a little mini-auger that attaches to a drill.

Storey Walters: Whoo!

Julie Day Jones: Let’s check the depth. Yeah. About five to six inches deep, that’s pretty good. Yeah, we can just drop one down in there. Bulbs are really best naturalized. If you put ’em in a straight line or in too much of a shape they look a little forced. They’re really better when you give them a chance to spread out and take their own irregular shapes.

But, you know, where I live in North Carolina, a lot of bulbs… These bulbs do great but some of the other ones will freeze in the winter. You have to dig them up and store them someplace warm.

Storey Walters: You have to dig up caladiums, right?

Julie Day Jones: Right. We either have to dig them up or we have to replant them fresh every year. Because they don’t handle the cold and snow very well. That looks pretty good.

So it doesn’t look like we did anything. But in the spring you’re going to have a really nice surprise out here.

Storey Walters: I’ll have to give you a call.

Julie Day Jones: I want to see pictures.

Storey Walters: Okay.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 7th, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, Tom

    Gardening questions can be tricky since the rules can change based on the region. We would suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association.
    Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
    Here’s more information:
    Thanks for your question!

  • Tom Smith Says:
    June 1st, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I received several Iris bulbs that came from my grandmothers property. However, they were stored in a cool dry place for YEARS! not certain how long. Is there any way to bring these back to life? I planted last fall a few to see if they would sprout, no luck. Central Michigan here.
    Thank you for any help you can offer. This is my first attempt at gardening. Tom

  • veronica Says:
    April 15th, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I moved to a place where they had planted tulips 20+ yrs ago. They are not blooming so I just dug them up how do I replant them so they will bloom they are very small and the larger ones are rottening. the ground holds a lot of water… Help

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 31st, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Hi, Patricia!
    “Today’s Homeowner” episodes are now available on Amazon’s Prime Video service. Amazon also has a website with plenty of books, including guides on planting tulips. You might start there. Thanks for your question!

  • Patricia West Says:
    March 29th, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I love tulips but i don’t know much about planting them is there a book that tells you what to do please let me know,thank you.

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How to Plant Tulips and Other Flowering Bulbs