On some shaded blocks of the city, the tulips are still in hiding.
For many the appearance of flowers in the city is one of the first signs of spring.
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Tips for planting tulips
1. Expect to pay about 70 cents per bulb.
2. You can plant tulip bulbs as long as the ground is not frozen.
3. Put the bulb in a hole, pointy side up, that is two to three times the depth of its height.
4. Soil should be rich in organic matter and well fertilized.
5. Soil should drain easily.
6. Different varieties bloom at different times – early, mid and late spring. – but you can plant them all at the same time.
Tips courtesy of Christine Garcia of Gethsemane Garden Center, Chicago.