For a floral display that shouts, “Spring is Here!” you can’t go wrong with tulip bulbs. Traditional favorites for springtime gardens, tulips come in so many colors, forms and types, your customers will have a hard time deciding which ones they like best. Consider offering several types of tulip bulbs for sale, such as Darwin Hybrid, Double Flowering, Triumphs, Lily Flowering, Parrots, Species, Viridiflora and Mayflowering. We also suggest designer-inspired blends and mixtures that take the guesswork out of planting. Tulips make outstanding additions to bulb gardens, mixed borders and mass plantings. Plus, they are easy to grow. So, whether they select their favorites by color or form, your customers are sure to find the perfect tulip bulbs for their garden projects.
Why Buy Tulip Bulbs From KVB?
The best tulip displays start with top-quality bulbs and top-performing varieties. K. van Bourgondien has been supplying flower bulbs to gardeners for more than 175 years, and our selection is like one you won’t find at most retail stores. You’ll find a wide selection of tulip bulbs, from early flowering, mid-season and late-flowering varieties, from short to tall varieties, and tulips especially for the cut-flower industry.
Tulips look best when planted en masse or large groups, and K. van Bourgondien makes it economical to plant large displays of tulip bulbs that are sure to brighten landscapes when they bloom in the spring. Our plump, high-quality tulip bulbs are delivered to you for fall planting.
Tulip Planting and Growing Tips
Plant tulips in late fall in humus-rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Grow where they will get at least 5-6 hours of sun a day; full sun is preferable. Dig the soil to a depth of 8-12″ and work in bulb food. Set the bulbs 4-8″ deep and 4-8″ apart, depending on size and variety. After the ground has frozen in winter, mulch with straw or hay. After flowering, remove the head of the tulip but allow the stem and foliage to die back naturally. Tulips perform best their first year; many gardeners treat them as annuals, discarding the plants after they finish blooming. Extensive testing in recent years has proven that if a slow-release fertilizer is applied, you can expect more than one year of flowers out of most varieties of tulips. Many early-flowering species, as well as Darwin Hybrid Tulips, come back year after year with no effort.
Tulips are often planted in rows, but the result is a formal look, much like soldiers lined up in ranks. For a more informal look, plant them in groups of 5-11 or more in natural swathes. The best advice we can give is to “plant bouquets.” Plant several different varieties of tulips throughout the garden to extend the blooming time. Hardy in zones 3-8.
In zones 8-10, refrigerate the bulbs for about 8 weeks at 40-45˚ F. In the garden, plant the bulbs after Nov. 1; 6- 8″ deep in a lightly shady area to keep the bulbs as cool as possible. Dig and discard the tulips after they bloom.