These White Honeymoon Tulips Are the Blooms You Need in Your Garden

Honeymoon tulips have a snow-white color and delicately fringed petals that will take your breath away.

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The first flowers of spring are always a cause for celebration—but we’re especially excited about planting this bloom this fall. The Honeymoon tulip has a unique beauty that will make it the centerpiece of your springtime garden.

Why We Love White Honeymoon Tulips

Honeymoon tulips really turn heads when they bloom. They’re as white as snow, gleaming atop vivid and sturdy green stems. Each individual petal of Honeymoon has a dainty fringe, giving the flowers an almost icy appearance—as though each bloom was kissed by frost.

These tulips are as easy to start and care for as regular tulips. Planted in the fall, they bloom mid to late spring, reaching a height of twelve to sixteen inches. Some growers even report that these tulips open before other varieties.

A mass planting of these bright white, textured tulips is just stunning, especially when they’re interspersed with other fringed tulip varieties: like purple Blue Heron, rose-red Barbados and blushing pink Queensland tulips. Borders, cutting gardens and perennial beds will shine with Honeymoon tulips, and the blooms can even be forced indoors during the winter.

Where to Plant Honeymoon Tulips

This tulip thrives in growing zones 3-7. Look for a full to part sun location to plant them. Honeymoon tulips like a well-drained location, and will need consistent waterings after they’re planted in the fall to help them get established before the ground freezes.

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How to Grow It

Plant Honeymoon tulips in the fall. Dig holes to a depth three times the length of the bulbs, with three to six inches of space between each bulb. Have crumbly, loose soil at the bottom of the holes. Mix a little fertilizer into soil rich in organic matter, and use this to plant the bulbs—and be sure to plant them pointy side up! You can purchase bulbs from your local garden center or on Burpee’s website.

They will need consistent moisture after planting so water as needed, right up until the ground freezes. Place a layer of straw or mulch over the tulip beds to protect them from the cold.

Next: Make plans now to grow an edible landscape next summer.

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