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   Apr 18

Tulips: The Must-Knows in the Care of this Plant

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Photo Credit: Tulip Era in the Ottoman Empire by K?vanç Ni

Tulips are perennial plants that have bright, cup-shaped flowers with stem that are green and smooth. They are bulbous plants by nature. They are of the first flower and also one of the loveliest flowers that shoot up in spring.

Care for Tulips

The tulip, just like any other plants and flowers, need to be taken care of and maintained. By doing this, you will be secure to yourself that your plants are living healthily.

Here are a few tips on the care of this lovely and colorful flower:

  • Start Young. Tulips should be planted in an area or spot where there is abundance of sunlight. It is best to plant these flowers in October (somewhere mid or late). It is also recommended to water the tulips bed until the soil is completely moist enhance the formation of its roots right after planting.
  • Soil. It is recommended for tulips to be planted in a soil that is well-drained, loamy and airy. Other soil types like heavy soil or clay-type, the addition of sand and compost or organic matter will enable the draining properties or increase the water drainage of the soil.
  • Water. Water is needed by living organisms to live and survive. Watering is required to tulip beds after they are planted somewhere in the fall or early spring. During the winter where long dry periods are being experienced, extra watering is advised. Be very careful not to overwater the plants because they cannot tolerate standing and too much water.
  • Protection. Squirrels, rabbits and other animals can harm and destroy the tulips. Squirrels are known to dig up the plant and eat up the tulip bulbs. It is advised to have you tulip bed sprayed with animal repellents to get them protected. If you do not wish to harm these animals (rabbits and squirrels) by spraying repellents, you can build barriers or fences. To prevent blight, do not allow petals that have already fallen to stay on the tulip beds and keep the garden clean.
  • Potted Tulips. Make sure that the pots you have utilized as containers for the tulip plant has hole underneath to promote drainage. Place the pot on an old and unused saucer to collect excess water. Keep potted tulips in a bright place but away from direct impact of the sunlight.

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