How to grow Tulip


After blooms have faded, it’s ok to deadhead, but allow the leaves to die off naturally. The leaves are necessary to feed the bulb so it can survive the winter and grow new flowers next year.
Some gardeners think that tulips do not flower well in the second and following seasons so discard them after flowering.

Growing Tulip from seed

Slow to flower from seed and may not cone true. Best from bulb off sets harvested after foliage dies back in the late summer.

Look to ensure a distance 3.9 inches (10.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 3.9 inches (10.0 cm) deep.

Transplanting Tulip

Plant bulbs in autumn to mid winter for flowering the following spring.
Good in pots

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Tulip is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Tulip

If using as a cut flower, collect before the buds have opened fully

How long does Tulip take to grow?

These estimates for how long Tulip takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

Days to Germination How long does it take Tulip to germinate?
143 days

Average 143 days | Min 64 days | Max 182 days (34)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Tulip?
+ 182 days

Average 182 days | Min 182 days | Max 182 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until Tulip is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 123 days

Average 123 days | Min 3 days | Max 199 days (25)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Tulip?
= 448 days

Tulip Folklore & Trivia

Historically, tulips were highly prized and very valuble. Delftware vases were made to show them off to their best advantage

Other names for Tulip

Parrot tulip, Rockery tulip

Tulipa L., Tulipa x, Tulipa hybrid



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