Fall Planting Tulips & Daffodils

 

Tulip and Daffodil bulbs can be grown a few different ways.  Choose when you want them to bloom!  

Fall Planting

Bury your tulip or daffodil bulbs in the ground when the soil temperature reaches about 55 degrees.  The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. This means most large bulbs should be planted about 6 inches deep while smaller bulbs will be planted 3-4 inches deep.

Forcing

Tulips and Daffodils can be tricked into thinking that spring has sprung.  Start your bulbs as early as November for February/March flowers.

  1. Prechill your bulbs by placing them in a dark, cool place 35-45 degrees for 12-16 weeks.  Common places for keeping them are your vegetable drawer or an unheated garage or shed.
  2. After chilling, you are ready to start growing indoors.  Find a container with good drainage and fill it with soil to about 3-4 inches below the rim of the container.  Place the bulbs on top of the soil with the pointy end up.  Fill the rest of the container with soil (over top of the bulbs).
  3. Place the container in a cool, dark place, water lightly about once per week.  
  4. Once leaves appear, bring the container out and place it where it will get bright, but indirect light.  

Treat your forced tulips and daffodils like a houseplant until the end of it’s blooms and water when the soil is dry to the touch.

PROTIP - You can replant your bulbs in the fall!  Wait until the soil has reached 55 degrees and plant it out for blooms next spring!


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