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Planting Tulip Bulbs

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Our gardening expert P. Allen Smith is in the middle of a favorite fall project, planting tulip bulbs. Here's Allen with details.

Planting Tulip Bulbs
These are tulip bulbs and one of the most popular spring flowers but to have them blooming in your garden this coming spring you have to plant them now. I would like to give you some tips on how to plant tulips. So let's start with some design ideas.

I think tulips are the most dramatic when planted in drifts of all the same variety or in the same color family and I generally plant my in clumps of 15 to 20 bulbs. Some good companion plants for tulips are cool weather annuals like pansies and violas because they flower so close to the ground. Like most flowers, tulips show themselves off better when planted against a backdrop of other plants like perennials or a low hedge.

Now don't let the idea of planting a few tulip bulbs shake you up. There is really nothing to it. You see the flower is already packaged inside this little brown wrapper all you have to do is coax it out by planting it properly. When I plant tulips in my garden I dig out an area the size of the drift of blooms I want. A good rule of thumb for the depth is to cover them 3 times the width of the bulb and I always work in good, rich compost and bone meal before placing the bulbs about 6 to 8 apart and then I cover them.

Now don't let another fall go by without planting a few of these beauties in your garden. Next spring you'll be glad you did.

From the garden, I’m P. Allen Smith.

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P. Allen Smith Gardens

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