Planting Tulips & Other Spring Flowering Bulbs

What color next spring? You need to plant spring flowering bulbs this fall.

The most successful bulbs for growing in Saskatchewan gardens include Tulips, Daffodils (Mulch Well), Crocus, Alliums, Fritillaria, Muscari, Scillia, and Snowdrops.

Fall Bulb Soil Preparation

Soil Preparation

Good soil preparation is the key to any successful garden. Most spring flowering bulbs like tulips need well drained soil rich in organic matter. At Dutch Growers, we recommend a soil mix of two parts loam, one part peat moss or compost, and one part coarse sand.

Arrange Bulbs

Plant in groups and avoid planting in rows. Place the tallest plants at the back of the flower bed.

Planting Tulips

Planting Bulbs: Single Bulb Method

Using a bulb planter or trowel dig a hole 8" deep. Add a small amount of gravel to the bottom of the hole to improve drainage. Add a small handful of bone meal to each hole. Place the tulip bulb in the hole pointed side up.

Planting Bulbs: Bed Method

Dig out the soil from the entire area where the bulbs will be planted. Mix in coarse sand to improve drainage. Depth of the hole should be 8-9" deep for tulips. Add bone meal or fertilize planted bulbs with water soluble 10-52-10. Mulch. Water well.

Bulb Planting Depth Distance Apart Number per Group
Tulips 8 inches 6 inches At Least 5 for a clump. Mass Plantings 15 or more.
Daffodils 8 inches 6 inches At Least 5 for a clump. Mass Plantings 15 or more. Mulch well for winter protection.
Alium (Small) 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Alium Globemaster 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Crocus 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Fritillaria 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Hyacinth Grape (Muscari) 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Hyacinth (Florist)     Not Prairie Hardy
Snowdrops 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Squill 2-3 inches 2-3 inches 9-12 bulbs
Red Tulips in Spring

Spring Care

In the Spring, fertilize with 20-20-20 when the bulbs are about 3" high. Fertilize again with 20-20-20 when the bulbs are done blooming. Remove any seed heads In the Spring, fertilize with 20-20-20 when the bulbs are about 3" high. Fertilize again with 20-20-20 when the bulbs are done blooming. Remove any seed heads

Most Essential Step

Enjoy!