Tulip Planting Tips and Techniques


Hi, I’m Sally Ferguson. Fall is indeed the
time to plant the tulips that bloom in the Spring. When it comes to design, there’s no
right or wrong, it’s all about what you like. In this video we focus on tulip planting techniques
to help you get the visual impact you want in the garden. Planting tulips is pretty easy,
but knowing a few tricks makes it even easier. Let me show you a few. First, think of fall
planting like planning a recipe, first you get your ingredients together. In the garden
you will want a shovel, a bulb trowel, see its narrow shape, perfect for planting bulbs.
You need tulips of course, you need some water to water them in once planted, and I always
think it’s nice to top off planting with a bit of good rich compost. What else, well
why not be comfortable, a kneeling pad and gloves. Tulips are sociable flowers, they
look best planted in a group, you can dig a little hole like this, with your trowel,
just pull it back. 6 inches deep, pointy end up, don’t worry too much about pointy end
up, bulbs want to grow straight and they will. Put the bulbs in a nice little grouping will
come up like a bouquet. Or you can dig a broader trench, and maybe use your shovel, go down
6 inches, get a nice flat surface, and now put all the bulbs you want quickly. 6 inches
down, it’s a fast way to plant a lot of bulbs. Then, cover them up, water them in, it’s nice
to add a bit of rich compost on top. Voila, you’re done. For best visual impact, don’t
plant tulips in a row like stiff little soldiers, they’ll look straggly and thin when they come
up in the Spring. Plant tulips in a mass for mass color, 25, 50 bulbs. That’s the ticket.
Here’s a neat trick to maximize visual impact, plant tulips in a triangle shape, with the
point of the triangle at the front of the bed, and the broad long line at the back of
the bed. Position the bulbs a bit randomly, not in stiff little lines, so they’re in a
cluster, a bouquet effect, it’s very pretty that way. In the Spring when the tulips come
up, more flowers will bloom than you actually planted, or so it will seem because of the
optical illusion of the triangle planting. After planting your bulbs and watering them
in, you can admire your rich garden bed, or you can add a bit of top dressing. Perhaps
a bit of ornamental kale, or fall pansies, they’re a nice touch. Above all, don’t ever
underestimate your own personal design eye. In the garden, your style is the best style.
For Longfield Gardens, I’m Sally Ferguson.

45 thoughts on “Tulip Planting Tips and Techniques

  1. This video is the best out of the 3 others I watched.  I am a rookie at planting anything and I was wondering about if I had to water it after I plant the bulbs.  The other videos didn't talk about watering….thank you.

  2. when u have roots growing from your bulbs, what do you do with the roots? cut them or leave them be? do u kill the flower if u cut them?

  3. really nice video. But I want to pint out a few things. One: if you are the kind of person like me, aka you like digging your flowerbulbs every year and dividing them and planting them assorted to size, etc. I strongly suggest you to use flowerbulb baskets. They are simple green, short but wide baskets made from green plastics, with many slits in them, that way you can plant bulbs in them, and easely find them all in the basket in fall when you're digging them up and you don't want the name of varieties get mixed. Second, if you are in a hurry, or the bad weather will opt the next few fall months, you will plant your flower bulbs yearly, like in mid september or so, I suggest you don't water them after planting, cause if the warmer days will be present, they can think it's spring and they will start sprouting in fall, and that is bad, I had done some mistakes and I've got a big mess on my hand when half of my tulip collection sprouted in october, when we had a very warm week after a heavy rainstorm and cold weather. So yeah, overall a nice video, thanks for uploading.

  4. yes, love the voice and the picture, it echoes with the new year atmosphere. Plus very well demonstrated with bulb and blooming comparison.

  5. I love the video thank you so much I live in Calgary 🇨🇦 in a cold climate and my question is are the tulip flowers ok for the winter or no and do they come every year or I have to planet them yearly thank you so much in advance//:

  6. Am from Kerala, India..i am so fascinated about Tulips…can you help me to grow in my yard? Tell me what all to do…i will follow your instruction

  7. i want her voice on alexa lol , just bought my first tulip bulk bags , and hesitant to plant lol i want as much info before making a decision. should they be in north side or south side of the house? im in central florida, so mid jan this year is warm in the 70s and 80s day 60s to 50s at night

  8. What a great video. I love tulips and let me invite you to see the spring gardens in Cabbagetown Toronto, Canada. Around the month of May the neighbourhood is full will Tulips everywhere

    https://youtu.be/1Cj1yAaP0tw
    They even grow on the sides of the roads

  9. Thank you ever so kindly for the video, it was really good, and I love the ornamental cabbages. My tip is for where there is quite a lot of wet and damp weather to put some grit at the base of the tulips to help against rot and fight against grubs etc.

  10. I always add bonemeal to the hole before planting my bulbs. In the last couple of years bonemeal has gone out of favor since some think it attracts rodents. I noticed you did not use any soil amendment.

  11. So after tulips bloom then what? Bare beds? I'm told you aren't supposed to plant over them with summer flowers. But I dont want bare beds all summer. Do you dig them and quickly plant summer annuals and such in same beds? I only have so much space. Dont want empty beds all summer.

  12. I can’t wait for the fall as much as I can’t wait for the spring in 23 days I have a whole garden plant and I’m so excited I can’t wait to get out there and plants come on freezing temperatures go away

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