Growing Tulips, Narcissus & Other Fall-Planted Bulbs — Flourish Flower Farm

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WHERE + HOW TO PLANT

Thankfully these principles are basically the same for all climates. Tulips bulbs are especially prone to rotting and require a spot with good drainage. Choose a spot in full sun for cool climates and partial shade is helpful in warmer climates. We prefer to plant tulips and daffodils via the trench method since we’re planting hundreds (or maybe thousands) at a time. Dig a trench that is about 3’ wide – you need to be able to reach the middle of the trench from the edge, otherwise you won’t be able to harvest the flowers from the middle of the row. The trench should be at least 8” deep. Place the bulbs with the pointy side up, like placing eggs in a carton. Because the bulbs are prone to rot, watering is not recommended unless you are in a drought. We do not add irrigation or water (besides natural rainfall) to these spring bulbs.

For smaller amounts of bulbs, instead of planting in trenches you can plant in clusters. This will give more visual impact in your garden. Most of these bulbs can be successfully grown in large pots outdoors; just be sure not to overwater.

Because tulips are prone to disease, we treat them as annuals and buy fresh bulbs every year.

Narcissus will multiply and can last for several years. Planting narcissus in partial shade in southern climates is helpful for them to survive the scorching summer heat. After the narcissus are done flowering, allow the foliage to turn yellow and die back. Then cut the foliage off at soil level and use it to mulch the bed. Using manure or compost on narcissus beds in the South isn’t recommended since it adds heat (which they do not need more of).

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