Big Wide Experiment

October 18, 2017 by Mary Hosier

From Alaska to North Carolina students have planted tulip gardens using the same scientific protocol. Join them by planting a test garden of your own.

Students plant tulips 7” deep in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Photo by Jessica Sherman.

Time for Planting 

How will local microclimates in the city and in the country affect when tulips emerge? What will happen if we plant bulbs deeper? Your tulip garden can become a springboard for your questions about planting, climate, and geography. 

New Hampshire: “We planted 60 tulip bulbs correctly and 5 wrong to see what will happen.”

Massachusetts: “We planted the tulips in sunny weather. We’re hopeful for spring.”

West Virginia: “Kindergarteners at Shepherdstown planted 100 tulip bulbs. We first explored the inside of a bulb.” 

Alaska: “We planted 25 tulips in the rain for the tulip project!” 

Bulbs: The Inside Story

You have already examined your tulip bulb; weighed, measured, and cut it open. Now learn more about each part of the bulb. Use this step by step slideshow to learn how each part has a unique function for this plant storage structure.

Driving Question

What is stored inside your tulip bulb?