Frequently Asked Questions about Tulip Bulbs and Your Order
When do the bulbs arrive?
- The bulbs are shipped directly to us from the Netherlands, so the timing is not always the same. Typically, they will arrive on your doorstep at the end of October or early November.
- Can I plant my bulbs in a container?
- This is not recommended because the bulbs will get too cold and “freeze out.” The ground can hold in more heat whereas a container will be closer to the frigid air.
- How deep should I plant them?
- They should be 8-9 inches deep.
- What is the best way to keep wildlife from eating the bulbs?
- The best way is to plant them as deep as recommended, then it will be too difficult for the animals to reach them!
- Should I fertilize them?
- You can but use a synthetic bulb food because it is less likely to attract unwanted animals.
- Do I need to amend the soil, and if so, how?
- This is not necessary, but keep in mind you do need to work the soil well and then cover the bulbs completely with the well-worked soil.
- Do I need to dig them up each year?
- No, the bulbs will likely not bloom again.
- How close should I plant them?
- This depends on what type of effect you are aiming for, If you like clumps of tulips, plant them right next to each other. If you like rows, plant them 3-4 inches apart.
- Do tulip bulbs multiply?
- How many years will the bulbs bloom?
- Usually just one, but sometimes two. We cannot guarantee that out bulbs will come back.
- Where are the bulbs we are ordering at Tulip Time?
- They are still in the ground in the Netherlands!
- What are the names of the tulip in the beds around town?
- You can go to the Pella Now app and find a map of the bulbs that have been planted in the city parks. We cannot begin to sell all the different bulbs, and some bulbs are much more costly than others.
- When should I plant the bulbs?
- As soon as you receive them! Basically, in zones 1-4 you can start planting them in late September is the ground is cool. In zones 4-7, late October or mid November is best!