Growing Tulips

Miffy loves planting flowers in her garden, especially her favourite tulips. Autumn is the perfect time to plant tulip bulbs so that they flower in the Spring. Do you want to come and help Miffy plant some tulips?

What you will need to grow tulips:

A pack of tulip bulbs

A spade/trowel

A watering can

Compost

A frost-proof outdoor pot, or patch of sunny soil in your garden

Step 1

You can plant tulips in a flower bed outside or in a large pot on your terrace – they add a pretty pop of colour to the garden. Tulips like to be toasty warm so plant them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight.

Step 2

If using a pot, fill it up with compost nearly to the top and make some little holes for your bulbs. 1, 2, 3… If you’re planting them in the ground, get an adult to help you dig the holes. Make each hole 6 inches deep and 4-6 inches apart – this will keep your bulbs snug and secure but with enough room to grow.

Step 3

Carefully place the tulip bulbs into their little holes with the pointy end facing up. If you’re putting them in a flowerbed, remember to sprinkle some compost into each hole for their food. Gently cover each bulb with compost or soil and press down firmly. Give all the bulbs a little drink of water and leave them to grow.

Step 4

Tulips don’t need much water, but if you see a dry patch make sure to give them a little drink. Your tulips will start peeping out in March as little green shoots. The flowers will start opening as soon as it becomes warm and sunny.

See the Official Miffy tulips!

Heading to Holland next Spring? Make sure to visit the world famous, family-friendly Keukenhof gardens where you can see the first official Miffy tulips growing along the Walk of Fame and in the Miffy Garden within the park. Incredibly rare, the Miffy tulips have taken 15 years to cultivate – there are only 2,500 bulbs in existence this year. The tulips are a deep red colour – matching exactly the shade used by Dick Bruna in all his illustrations. Keukenhof is open from 23 March to 21 May 2017.

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