How To Properly Care For Your Tulips by cmlang


									by: Hugo Bolzonello

Tips On Taking Care of Your Tulips

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.

The flower experts would say that tulips are perennials. However, they can be regarded as
annuals. The way you need to care for them and their blooming cycle support this. The end of
October through the beginning of November is the time when gardners should plan their precious
tulip bulbs.

When thinking of what kind of soil to plant tulips in, try to aim towards sandy soil. The reason
for this is because tulips require great drainage and sand tends to do best in this regard. This is
also why people using planters for their tulips need to make sure that they drain properly as tulip
bulbs are prone to rotting in wetter soil.

If you do not have naturally sandy soil in the area where you live, it is fine to just add some sand
and a little compost to your soil. Whatever you do, make sure that the soil is fairly dry when
digging and planting bulbs.

When you are ready to plant bulbs you might be confused as to how deep you should plant them.
Experts don't have a specific depth in mind because tulip bulbs come in many different sizes.
Therefore, you can get an estimate of the proper depth by figuring out the length of the bulb.
Take this length and multiply it by three. This number is the depth at which you should plant
your tulip bulbs. It may not be the best method, but it is much better then using a generic depth
for all your tulip bulbs.

Tulips are generally not known as disease prone flowers but they are vulnerable just like any
other. "Tulip Fire" is a condition that afflicts tulips more often than anything else. When this
occurs, you will notice that the stems and leaves appear stunted and somewhat deformed. As the
season progresses, you will notices that brown patches will appear on these same stunted and
deformed leaves and stems. The only solution when this occurs is to destroy the tulips
completely 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.
This article was posted on November 09, 2005

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