3 Things to Know Before Buying Tulip Bulbs

Will the Tulip Variety You've Chosen Will Be Happy in Your Area?

All tulips like cold regions. Some varieties are also happy in moderately warm areas.

As a first step, check to see what growing region you are in here: What’s My Growing Zone?

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Then compare that with the information on the product page for the variety you’ve selected. If there’s a match, great! This cultivar will be happy in your part of the country. If not, consider looking at other varieties that may be a better fit.

Many Tulips Bloom for Just One Season -What?!

There’s a little thing about tulips that isn’t often mentioned. They’re short lived. Some varieties can only be expected to flower well the first spring. After that, not much.

If you want tulips to bloom reliable for multiple seasons, we recommend:

  • Choosing from the tulips here in the “Tulips: Perennial” category. These hybrid varieties were carefully selected for their proven ability to flower well for 3 to 5 years (sometimes longer).
  • Selecting Species tulips. These are non-hybrid plants that have survived, and bloomed beautifully, in the wild for centuries. With basic care (see our planting guide link below) they’ll bloom nicely in your garden for many years.

What Do Others Say About the Merchant You're Considering?

To gather helpful information about the experiences of others, try Googling “(company name) reviews”.

For gardening companies, there’s another source of information: Garden Watchdog. This is an easy way to discover that there are some companies (often heavy advertisers) that you may not want to do business with. Check Garden Watchdog for lots customer comments and reviews, along with other useful information.

One Other Tip: Size

If Dutch hybrid tulip bulbs (most of the varieties sold in the marketplace) aren't of a healthy blooming size, which is 12 cm in circumference, the flowers will be small and disappointing. Look for bulbs this big and don't settle for less. Species tulip bulbs have not been bred for size; they tend to be smaller and that's fine.

Learn more about growing tulips here: Tulip Planting Guide

Shop our tulip selection here: Tulips to Plant Now