You’ve come to the right place to find tips for planting tulips if you want ones like these bursting with color in your Vail gardens, come spring:
And with cooler Vail temperatures, now’s the time to plant tulips and other bulbs in Vail-area gardens for the best spring results. In fact, you can plant bulbs anytime between now and the first hard frost.
This month, the following bulb types and varieties will be available at Wildflower Farm:
Tulip – Fringed Lambada, Caribbean Parrot, Cape Holland
Hyacinth – Blue and White Mix
Crocus – Orange Monarch
Colchicum – Water Lily
Narcissus – Paperwhites
WHERE TO PLANT TULIPS:
Bulbs prefer sunnier locations but most will do well with at least a half a day of sun. Other than that, plant them in areas where you will enjoy them the most: by walkways, in front of your house, and in other areas where you will see them often.
HOW TO PLANT TULIPS:
- Use a bulb planter, auger, trowel, bulb dibber, or garden shovel
- Make or dig a hole in the ground for the bulb(s)
- Depth of the hole should equal to 4x the bulb size
- Plant each bulb with the pointed end/tip up and the flatter/rounder side down
- If the tip is not identifiable, plant bulb on its side
- Planting with bulb-specific fertilizer or bone meal can help promote root growth
- See bulb packaging for specific, additional planting directions
DEER AND CRITTER DETERRENTS FOR BULBS:
Tulips are not deer resistant, but deer generally stay away from other types of bulbs including narcissus (daffodils), allium, scilla, galanthus (snow drops), and hyacinths. Dipping bulbs in deer-proofing solution can help deter deer from eating them. Adding deer- or other wildlife-repellant graduals into the hole with the bulb can also help keep critters away. One strategy for deterring deer from tulips includes planting tulips and daffodils in close proximity, but this approach might still not keep hungry wildlife from snacking on your bulbs.
Many types of bulbs last through the Vail winter and sprout up with surprising beauty when the snow melts, so take some time on a beautiful fall day to make an investment that you’ll find even more rewarding, come spring.
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