Step 1.

Pre-Planting Instructions

Getting off to the right start is important for a successful crop.  Prior to planting, begin with:

  • quality bulbs
  • new pots
  • good soil

All three are necessary to prevent problems down the line in the forcing process.

When to Plant

Remember - Accurate climate conditions from start to finish are essential!  So plant as soon as you receive your shipment.  We have taken great care to pre-cool bulbs at 48 degrees Fahrenheit.  It is important that these bulbs maintain 48 degrees Fahrenheit during potting and watering before going into a 48 degree Fahrenheit cooler.



Plant bulbs in well-drained growing mix. The growing mix should be as follows:

  • pH level between 5.5 - 6.5
  • Low in soluble salts
  • Should be moist at planting time
  • Leave enough room in the pot for water ( leave an inch of room from the top rim )

Growing mix should contain the following:

  • 20% clean top soil or sand - this is very important to avoid botrytis
  • 60% peat moss
  • 20% Styrofoam or vermiculite for added drainage and to increase oxygen in the pot for increased air to your tulip's roots
  • Do not use perlite, this releases fluoride and causes leaf damage on tulips

The Right Growing Mix

The growing mix can greatly influence the quality of your tulip crop. A ph of 5.5 - 6.5 versus 6.5 - 7 will lessen the amount of roots. Should your ph be at the level of or close to 7.0 bring it down to a less neutral level. The sand in your mix will naturally fight off bacteria and will increase the drainage oxygen levels around the tulip roots which is desirable.

Use new pots and good potting soil to prevent grey mold.

Next Step >> Step 2: Cooler Instructions.