Tips On Taking Care of Your Tulips

By: Hugo Bolzonello

Tulips are from Holland, right? Not exactly. Tulips are actually from Turkey. Tulip means Turban in Turkish. Regardless of the orgin of Tulips they are a beautiful flower that people of many backgrounds enjoy.

Although tulips are technically considered to be perennials by the experts, it is perhaps best to think of them as annuals given the year around nature of their care and blooming cycle. It is in late October or perhaps even early November when green thumbers should plan on planting their bulbs into the soil.

What type of soil is best for tulip bulbs? Sandy soil is the best option. Sandy soil helps with drainage from the tulip. Verify that you use a planter properly otherwise your tulips might not drain. If tulips don't drain properly then they can rot more easily.

You may not live in a sandy soil area so you can just add sand into the soil yourself. Also make sure to put some compost in the soil as well. The key is to have soil that is mostly dry when digging and planting tulip bulbs.

How deep should you dig when planting a tulip bulb? Experts do not have a suggestion as to a specific depth. Why not? It is due to fact that tulip bulbs come in many different sizes. Therefore, you can estimate how deep to plan bulbs by measuring the length. Multiply this number by three and you have found the correct depth at which to plant your tulip bulbs. This is not the best solution for every case, but you will see more tulips spring up then if you planted them all at the same depth.

Tulips do not normally fall to flower diseases. However, "Tulip Fire" can become a problem. Signs of this disease include stunted and deformed stems. With time the stunted and deformed stems have brown patches that spread to the leaves. At this point you should dig up all your tulip bulbs and start over.

Now you don't want to constantly have to go out and buy new bulbs every year so you want to dig up the bulbs at the end of the season. Then, store them in a cool yet dry place until it is time to replant them in the fall. They are susceptible to rotting even when they are not in the soil so storage is extremely important. The time to dig up tulip bulbs is after the foliage has completely died out.

Tulips are a beautfiul addition to any garden and the aroma is wonderful. If you cut tulips to display them make sure to add some sugar to the water. This will let the tulips live another week longer. Whether you enjoy tulips in the garden or on your kitchen table, they are a nice addition to your surroundings.

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