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Celebrate spring at the Canadian Tulip Festival

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Veronica Sliva

Head to Ottawa in May to see millions of bulbs in bloom


When/how to plant
  • Plant tulip bulbs when soil temperature is below 10 to 15 C (50 to 60 F), before the ground freezes, usually between late September and late October.
  • Loosen and remove soil to a depth of 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches). Rule of thumb: plant at a depth that is equal to three times the height of the bulb. 
  • Loosen soil at the base of the planting hole. To enrich it, mix in bone meal (follow package directions). 
  • Place bulbs with the pointed tip facing up at least 5 cm (2 inches) apart. 
  • Cover bulbs with soil, and water the area thoroughly.

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