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Plant of the Week: Tulips

Tulips are easy to maintain.
Tulips are easy to maintain.
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Tulips are one of the most popular varieties of spring flowers on the market. Grown from bulbs, they’re easy to maintain and come in a variety of different colors for any garden. The craze over tulips began in Europe in the 17th century and hasn’t stopped since. While tulips are easily accessible today, Europeans used to pawn off their belongings for tulips just to be able to enjoy their beauty.

Now, there are over 3,000 different varieties of the flower. There are bulbs that are meant to be planted before winter and bulbs that can be planted late in the cold season. Whichever you choose to use in your yard or garden, there are a few key tips to keeping your flowers blooming through the season. You don’t have to be a gardening expert to have beautiful, healthy tulips which is what makes them the popular flower they are today.

Tulip Q&A

1. I didn’t get to plant my bulbs in early winter. Can I still grow them?

Contrary to popular belief, yes, there’s still hope. While a majority of people plant their bulbs in the winter, you can grow tulips in the spring and even the summer. Refrigerate your bulbs for 4-6 weeks before planting and you’ll have no problem getting your tulips to bloom once you plant them in the ground. This is also a great way to grow tulips indoors in pots as well.

2. Where should I plant my tulips?

Select an area of your yard or garden where the tulips will be able to receive full sunlight. Find a location with well-drained soil and remove all rocks and weeds. Plant and cover your bulb six inches deep in the soil.

3. When should I begin watering the bulbs?

Thoroughly water the bulbs just after planting. After that, you don’t need to water them again until the first leaves begin to sprout.

4. Are tulips susceptible to any pests or diseases?

Enemies of tulips include a number of furry critters: deer, moles, squirrels, rabbits. Repellents work on most of these animals but deer are typically the hardest to deter.

5. Are tulips annuals or perennials?

This depends on who you ask. The common flower gardener will often tell you to dig up your bulbs and save them for another year, but tulip enthusiasts will tell you that they’re strictly annuals. While a replanted bulb may bloom for a second time, the fact of the matter is the original planting typically takes all of the energy out of it. For the best results, toss your used bulbs and order a new batch when the next planting season rolls around.

For More Info: Check out this site for great tips on raising the perfect tulips this spring.

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