When Do Tulips Bloom?

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Tulips have long been a popular selection for gardens and cut-flower arrangements. There are about 150 tulip species that come in dozens of colors and shades. With a little effort and know-how, even beginning gardeners will find tulips are easy to grow. Tulips are popular worldwide, with numerous festivals held each year in honor of the flower.

Time Frame

  • Tulips are known as a spring flower, and most tulips do bloom in spring. But different varieties bloom at different times, and there are early, mid- and late bloomers. Early bloomers generally bloom in April, mid-bloomers in May and late bloomers in June.


  • Because tulip bulbs need to be cold while they are dormant, you need to plant them in the fall, before the first snow, for them to bloom in the spring.


  • Tulips are a a perennial, so they will bloom every year. To keep your plants healthy, apply a fertilizer each spring and fall. You should also cut back the blossoms after their peak period is over.

Growing Conditions

  • Your tulips will do best in a well-drained soil and need to be watered well immediately after planting. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade.


  • Some gardeners have better luck with their tulips by digging up the bulbs after the spring blooming season and storing them in a cool, dry place such as a garage or shed. In the fall, they can be replanted for blooming the next spring.

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