Tulip bulbs are typically planted around late summer and fall, in well-drained soils. Tulips should be planted 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) apart from each other. The recommended hole depth is 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches) deep and is measured from the top of the bulb to the surface.
Plant your bulbs around 15 cm deep and 5 to 15 cm apart (allow for around 75 to 100 bulbs per square meter).
Tulips make fantastic displays in pots. Use fresh, peat-free or soil-based compost mixed with a little grit in a cleaned pot and allow the following amounts of bulbs:
• 7 to 10 bulbs for a 20cm pot
• 13 to 15 bulbs for 30cm pot
• 20 to 25 bulbs for a 50cm pot
Most tulips flower well for one year then need lifting the soil. To do this, snip off the flower once it dies and let the foliage die back completely. Keep feeding the bulbs as the leaves die to aid the growth of the bulbs. Once the leaves are dead, lift the bulbs and store them in a dark, dry, airy place and allow the air to circulate around them. They can be replanted in the following autumn.
Tulip ‘Pinocchio’ bulb
Any free draining soil in a sunny spot.