Tulips are a popular spring flower, and there is no question as to why. They are bright, colorful, and seem to announce with joy that spring is here. If you missed out on planting tulip bulbs this fall, you can still try some this spring and enjoy some seasonal color. Below you will find 7 tips for planting and caring for tulips so you can enjoy their grace and beauty all season long. Here is how you can get started.
7 Tips for Planting and Caring for Tulips
1. Plant right away.
It is always best to plant the bulbs as soon as you buy them. The ground should be cool but soft, and there should be no immediate threat of frost. While it is ideal to plant spring bulbs in the fall, you can add them into your landscaping in early March if weather allows.
2. Choose the perfect soil.
Make sure you plant in soil that is rich and well drained, as well as a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Both factors will help you grow bulbs that are hardy and sure to return next year.
3. Check the depth.
Tulip bulbs should be planted at a depth that measures three times their height. For example if you have a one inch bulb, you should bury it three inches deep. Make sure the sprouting end is facing upward as this is where your shoot will grow from.
4. Don’t forget to feed them.
Use any variety of flower fertilizer to give your tulips the nutrition they need. Use a product that doesn’t contain bone meal as this is attractive to squirrels and other animals that would love to dig them up. Tulips will also enjoy an inch to two inches of water per week as they are quickly growing and need the moisture.
5. Keep pests at bay.
Tulips don’t have to deal much with bugs, but they do need to deal with rodents. You can keep rodents from digging bulbs up by sprinkling the area with hair clippings, or make sure the planting are well covered with mulch. Also making sure you buried the bulbs deep enough seems to help.
6. Encourage the tulips to return.
You want your tulips to return next year and put on a colorful show. Making sure the soil is well drained is one way to ensure this, as is fertilizing in both the fall and the spring.
7. Trim the foliage back.
Trimming back dead foliage and removing spent blooms is a great way to help the tulip send energy to the bulb instead of the dead portions of the plant. By making sure you don’t skip this step, you can be certain you are strengthening the bulb and will be seeing a return show.
When you give these tips a try, you can enjoy hardy and colorful tulips all season long! Give these a try and see what results you can achieve.
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