How to Buy Bulbs

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Bulbs are fun! They are the last gardening you will do in the Fall and the first rewards you will reap in the Spring. Bulbs give you pleasure when you are planning, when you are ordering, when you are planting and when they are peeking above the ground, slowly rising to full green until they bloom! A garden that lacks bulbs is not a complete garden.

Are bulbs something for you?

Bulbs are for everybody. There are bulbs to satisfy every taste and style. Bulbs are very versatile. In the TulipWorld assortment you will also find bulbs for every climate from warm sub tropics to the coldest Nordic regions. So as you can see bulbs are for every one.

Where to shop

We discourage buying bargains from supermarkets because they are rarely true bargains; in fact your garden may look like a bargain too. Even when buying from top-grade nurseries and mail order catalogues we suggest you pay close attention to the key quality factors. As a rule; size is quality. Although most retailers offer good bulbs, very few offer the largest size. TulipWorld bulbs are always top quality and of the largest available size.  We offer a range of bulbs that is much larger than what you can purchase at your local gardening center and we also sell some of the more unusual varieties. Take a look at the MasterBreeds for example. These are real specialty bulbs that are rare, close to nature or that were introduced before 1900 and survived all fashions and that.

The best time to buy

The advantage of ordering by Internet or mail order is that you can be quite sure you can get what you want if you order in time. We suggest you order when your garden is in bloom. This is the best time to see exactly what you want where. It is also best to order your spring, summer and fall flowering bulbs together. This makes it easy to co-ordinate your garden and plan for over nine months of blooms. 

We think it is our professional responsibility to take care of your bulbs until you need to plant them.

The most common mistake people make when it comes to bulbs is poor storage. This causes bulbs to dry out or rot.  Instead of sending them to you immediately after ordering, we will keep them safe in our climate-controlled warehouses for you until it’s planting time. 

Buying the right number of bulbs

To get any visibility of a certain kind we have included minimum numbers in the details that you can find on the product pages. Your choice depends on the effect you want to establish with height, color and whether you choose to naturalize, whether you plant in lines or whether the bulbs are broadcasted. When planting en masse there are standard numbers per square meter advised by the International Bulb Center.

This table is related to the planting distance in beds you will find on the product pages. When you choose to naturalize you can divide these numbers by two! When you plant in pots, multiply by two.

Tulips (low)

60 per m²

Muscari

150 per m²

Tulip (high)

50 per m²

Ornithogalum

150 per m²

Narcissi (small)

100 per m²

Chionodoxa

200 per m²

Narcissi (large)

40 per m²

Puschkinia

200 per m²

Narcissi (mixed)

60 per m²

Eranthis

150 per m²

Crocus (ordinary)

100 per m²

Allium (species)

150 per m²

Crocus (species)

150 per m²

Hyacinthoides

150 per m²

Hyacinths

50 per m²

Fritillaria imperialis

30 per m²

Anemone

150 per m²

Fritillaria meleagris

150 per m²

Galanthus

150 per m²

Erythronum

50 per m²

Scilla

150 per m²


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