Planting tulip bulbs

Asked May 23, 2015, 7:16 AM EDT

We live in Dover Delaware. A friend of ours gave us some tulip bulbs that they just dug-up. What do we do with them. Do we store them until the fall or do we plant them right away? In either event what is the best way to plant them (depth, and fertilizing requirements)? If we should wait until the fall when do we plant them & what is the best way to store them

Kent County Delaware

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The best time to plant tulip bulbs is in the fall 4-6 weeks before the first frost. Plant smaller bulbs 5-6 inches deep and larger bulbs 8-10 inches deep. If the leaves are still on the bulbs leave them until they are no longer green and then remove them by cutting, don't pull on them. Leave the bulbs in an airy place for a few days to dry. Garage or shed will do. Then store them in a dark place (n a paper bag for instance) that remains cool (a basement will usually do) until you are ready to plant. Find a place where humidity is low. After planting, top dress the bed with a 10-10-10 or 10-15-10 slow-release fertilizer lightly incorporating it into the top of the soil. Apply the same fertilizer in the spring when the green shoots emerge.