Step 1.


Easter & Mother's Day Pre-Planting Instructions

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

  • quality bulbs
  • new pots and
  • good soil

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

Before Planting

Store bulbs at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in a well-ventilated area with plenty of fresh air. Do not let the temperature drop below 60 degrees for Hyacinths and Daffodils as this will create penicillium on the rooting plate and cause rotting. In addition, the lower the temperature, the increased risk of mold, mildew and botrytis.

If you receive your shipment of bulbs in cardboard boxes, open the boxes immediately for additional ventilation.

When to Plant

Remember - Accurate climate conditions from start to finish are essential! For optimal results, plant bulbs from mid to late October, so that, regardless of when Easter is, they will get the optimal amount of cold weeks.

Growing Mix

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 you to water them ( 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 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 and oxygen levels around the tulip roots which is desirable.

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

Next Step:

If you are planting in a cooler, Next Step >> Step 2a: Cooler

If you are planting in an outdoor rooting bed, Next Step Step 2b: Outdoor Rooting