Friday, September 14, 2012

Tulips: Plant them in the fall



Even though you plant them in the fall, nothing says spring like Tulips! Tulips are one of the cheeriest flowers around. They come in all kinds of bright vibrant colors and 109 species.



Another great thing about tulips is that they make excellent cut flowers and usually last about a week in a vase. Tip: add a little sugar to your water to prolong the life of your bouquet. 

Planting tulips


Sandy soil is best for Tulips (or any bulb) to increase and flower in later years. Good Drainage is essential. For best results plant bulbs in October or November. As a rule of thumb, the depth that tulips should be planted is approximately three times the length of the bulb.

Though they are perennials, they should be treated as annuals. It is best to dig them up after the foliage has died and store them in a cool dry place until it is time to plant them in the fall.

Things to watch for when growing tulips

 


Tulips are very disease resistant; however can be troubled by "Tulip Fire". Stems and leaves of plants become deformed and stunted. Later they will display brown patches. If this occurs bulbs should be destroyed.






Over crowded bulbs can also cause problems in your garden. If this occurs, dig up your tulips just before all the foliage has completely died down and divide by pulling smaller new bulbs from the base of the old bulb and replant them.

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