How Much Do Tulips Cost?

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Tulips include any of the several bulbous plants of the genus Tulipa, which is native to Asia and widely cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.

Common colors include purple, white, yellow, pink, bicolor and red.

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How much do tulips cost?

The cost of tulips will depend on the time of year, the color, grade/quality, where you purchase and how many you purchase at once.  Since tulips are considered to be a seasonal flower, most will be imported from Holland for commercial purposes.   If they are in season, plan on spending anywhere from $1 to $3 per stem or close to $12 to $25 per dozen.  The more stems you purchase at once, the more you are going to save.

Refer to our table below to see what popular colors may cost at your local florist or retailer:

TypeAverage Price (per stem)
French$2 to $4, depending on the color
Standard$2 to $3, depending on color

For example, at Sam’s Club, the cost of 100 white Tulips retail for about $110.

Bulbs, on the other hand, can range anywhere from $4 to $10 for a bag of ten.

If you want to send a tulip bouquet, the costs can range anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on the arrangement and which florist you use.

On, for example, the best selling bouquets retail for $30 to $55.

At a U-pick farm, if you have one nearby, can cost $2 to $3 per stem, on average.

For instance, the popular Texas Tulips farm in Pilot Point, Texas, charges $2.50 per stem you pick.

Types of tulips


The double tulip will be similar to that of a standard tulip; however, there will be a double petal growth pattern.


French tulips have a larger head and its stem will be longer than average.


Fringed tulips have petals which are topped with “fringes” that looks similar to a frayed edge of a satin fabric.


Parrot tulips will have a ruffled edge with many multi-colored patterns.

Tips to know

Tulips, whether purchased at a florist or retailer, may either come with a vase of choice or a temporary box/flower bag depending on the number of the stems purchased.

The way you plant your tulips makes a big difference in growth and health.  You should always purchase your bulbs in August or September, place them in the refrigerator, and then plant them in October or November.  They should be planted about three or four inches deep and at least six inches from each other.  Once planted, cover them with chopped leaves, wood chips, or mulch to retain moisture and help control the weeds.

Keep the soil wet, but do not let the tulips sit in standing water.  They will need more watering during the summer months, especially if you live in a warmer climate.

Fertilize the tulips at the beginning of each spring and fall, and spray them to keep harmful insects and rodents away.

Tulips originate in regions with colder winters and dry summers and can grow in fertile, well-drained soil in either full or afternoon sun.  In regions warmer than Zone 8, bulbs will need a cold treatment (40° to 45°F) for eight to 10 weeks.

How can I save money?

You can save money when you buy directly from a florist or wholesaler because they are usually cheaper than online stores.  However, if you are going to purchase online, make sure that you look for coupon codes before proceeding.

Many local florists often offer specials when the flowers are in season.  Consider calling a few local florists in your area to see if they have any current promotions going on.

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