Planting tulip bulbs is easy if you follow a few simple steps. Start with quality bulbs, ordered from a bulb supplier but can also be found at garden centers, big box stores or flower shops.
If you're shopping at a garden center, shop early in the season choosing bulbs that are firm and free cuts, bruises, or mold.Plant your tulip bulbs during cool fall weather. Tulips grow best in full sun in well-prepared soil with good drainage. Avoid planting where water collects, or in locations that are known to have late frosts.
The rule is to plant tulips pointed end up and 6 inches deep, meaning 4 inches of soil above the top of the bulb. Use a low-nitrogen granular fertilizer specially formulated for bulbs, and follow label directions about the amount to apply.
Firm the soil and then water thoroughly. Next spring you will be rewarded with color and charm when your tulips begin to bloom.