\r\n \r\n Golden Apeldoorn Darwin Tulip Bulb are mid-spring bloomers with large yellow flowers on tall, sturdy stems.\r\n\r\n\r\nWatch Our Video on Planting Wildflower Tulips\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSimple, elegant and endlessly variable, Tulips are staples of spring wherever they grow. Here are some guidelines to help you with growing, choosing and planting tulip bulbs.\r\n \r\nHow To Choose Tulip Varieties\r\nOfficially tulips are perennial plants. Originating in the steppes of Central Asia they evolved at altitude in harsh winters and dry summers. Through hybridizing and the difficulties of matching the original Himalayan climate, the tendency of many tulips to perennialize has diminished. \r\n\r\nMost High Country Gardens tulip selections are chosen because they represent the strongest perennial type tulips. Darwin tulips are reliably perennial for up to 3 years (sometimes longer). Large flowers on sturdy stems, they are garden stars.\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPerennial Wildflower Tulips\r\nDiminutive wildflower tulips, sometimes called specie tulips, naturalize well, come back year after year and spread to form colonies of color. They are short, just 4-6 inches tall, but the small flowers open wide to form a carpet of color. They make a great spring border in a perennial bed.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n Always select the biggest bulb available for larger blooms. High Country Gardens only carries top-sized bulbs, unlike many "big box stores."\r\n\r\n\r\nAnnual Cutting Tulips\r\nAnnual tulips (sometimes called \u2018cutting tulips\u2019) work well for areas that need a splash of color and variety.\r\n\r\nGrowing Tulips\r\nTulips like 6-8 hours of sun per day, so be sure to pick a suitably sunny spot. Ideal for a water thrifty garden, tulips don\u2019t need to be watered in the summer! Most tulips grow well in zones 3-7, although there are exceptions depending upon the type you are planting. In zones 8 and warmer, bulbs need to be pre-chilled in your refrigerator for 10-14 weeks. Mulch in the winter if needed.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n This cross-section of a tulip blub shows where the stem and the roots form. Be sure to plant tulip bulbs pointy side up, at the correct depth specified for each bulb.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPlanting Tulip Bulbs\r\nTulip bulbs of all types prefer a compost enriched garden loam with good drainage. When planting, have a bucket of Yum Yum Mix (or equivalent), compost and good garden soil if needed. Plant bulbs 6-8 weeks before frost in the fall, or when the soil temperature is below 60 degrees. Plant Darwin Tulips or other large bulb tulips at a depth of 8 inches, wildflower tulips at 4 inches.\r\n\r\nSpace large bulbs about 6 inches apart, wildflower bulbs at 7-9 per square foot. Dig the soil a few inches below the planting depth to encourage good root growth.\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n Tulip batalinii Bulbs 'Red Gem' blooms in mid-spring with vermilion red petals and is a strong naturalizer, growing to form nice colonies. \r\n\r\n\r\nNaturalizing Tulips\r\nTo get a natural look, prepare your planting area to the depth needed with spacing allowance. Scatter the bulbs in the area and plant them as they fall. This will give you a lovely, natural look. Place the pointy end up and cover them with your enriched soil. Water well to encourage good root growth. If you live in an area with dry winters you\u2019ll need to water occasionally, otherwise rest assured your bulbs are growing roots in preparation for spring blooms.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCaring For Tulips In The Spring\r\nIn the spring, when blooms have faded, cut the flower stems back. Let the foliage age to yellow before removing, as this is how the bulb feeds itself. They are the ultimate xeric bulb, so no extra watering needed for the summer.\r\n\r\nWhether you enjoy tulips as cut flowers, or as elegant harbingers of spring in the garden, waiting for their arrival at winter\u2019s end is one life\u2019s sweetest pleasures.\r\n\r\n\r\n DID YOU KNOW >>\r\nIn Europe, in the 1630s, \u201ctulip-mania\u201d swept Holland. One bulb of Tulip Semper Augustus was sold for 10,000 guilders, an amount that could have bought a grand home on the canal and was ten times the yearly income of a craftsman. The madness over tulip bulb contracts and the subsequent crash in prices almost brought the Dutch economy to ruin.\r\n\r\n\r\nBy Katrina Godshalk. \u00a9 All articles are copyrighted by High Country Gardens. Republishing an entire High Country Gardens article or blog post is prohibited without written permission. Please feel free to share a short excerpt with a link back to the article on social media websites, such as Facebook and Pinterest.