Care for tulips is important if you wish to harvest the execellent cut flowers.
After a long session of winter season, everyone is waiting for the bright and warm sunshine.
The spring is finally arriving; and the spring flowers are patiently waiting to show their cheerful and charming smiles.
First, we see the little purple orange crocus crawling out from the flower beds; followed by the sweet yellow daffodils.
When they are away; came the colourful tulips; short stems; long stems; black; red; orange; salmon and green; red and green; and more tulip bulbs shining everywhere.
Tulips are amazing spring flower bulbs that, most of us love.
Tulip plants are very hardy. They are mostly seen in the open ground grassy beds; in the flower borders; or in the garden centers display; and or in those flower garden parks.
Before you buy the bulbs from a store, you have to be sure to select those first rate bulbs that, are solid and sound.
Usually it will come with a basic planting instruction and the bulbs are packed in a pricked plastic bag.
If it is not the appropriate time for bulbs planting, you may keep the bulbs in a cool; total dark and dry place until use. Otherwise; the bulbs would loose their full strength for their solid growth.
Normally we will sow tulip bulbs in the mid to late November on a frost free day; and set them in borders, depth about 10 cm.
If you are sowing them in sand ground; then you may plant them deeper. A depth about 8 cm will be fine if you have heavy ground.
How to Enjoy your Lovely Tulips and Watch their Complete growing Cycle?
Last year we bought these new Spring green surprise tulip bulbs (below picture 1).
They were flowers in green and white strips (bell shape); salmon, cream, and green strips; cream, green, and purplish strips; green yellow and white combination.
Spring green surprise bulbs love sunny or half shallow. Their average height is 50 cm. However, we had one 58 cm tall tulip flower.
Planting tulip bulbs to a place where they will not receive early spring sunlight, would delay their flowering time.
* You may plant them 5 to 10 cm apart in groups in front of the perennial flowers or plants.
* During their growth, don't move them everywhere. When the flowering cycle is disturbed; the tulips will either turn up into unusual shapes or totally stop blooming.
* Tulips love good drainage soil; moderate sunlight; winter-hard to minus 15°C. When the spring is not too wet, the tulips will develop fully.
* Before the heavy rain falls, you may cut the flowers and keep them in a vase indoor. This way you can enjoy them more.
We bought also the short stem, Tulipa Rococo. The Parrot Tulips love to twist. Their average height is about 35 cm. These great cut flowers are suitable to grow under light trees and between roses.
There are a great number of colours of tulips. Planting in one colour has glorious effect; or grow two colours of tulip flowers in a long narrow bed.
Plant a long narrow bed with a combination of two different types of single early tulips; bronze and yellow; purple and yellow; purple violet and yellow; rose and white; orange red and white red purple. This could be some brilliant ideas!
If you have ever been to the Dutch yearly Holland Tulip Festival; or the famous Keukenhof Tulip Garden, you may have seen those amazing types of tulips flower beds display.
Get beautiful effect with tulips one or two different kinds in a bed; or plant them in front of evergreens; or put them in groups in front of the shrubs, the effect will be gorgeous.
Unique Care for Tulips
Remove the flowers once the bloom is over, so that the remaining strength of the plant will be built on the bulbs instead of going to the seeds.
Care for Tulips Performance
* On the day 1 dick holes in the ground and fill in the bulbs (picture 2&3).
* On the day 133 sprouted (picture 4) and the day 141 growing steady (picture 5).
* On the day 142 one bud rolling up (picture 6).
* On the day 157 showing long stem black tulip buds (picture 7).
* On the day 158 the first pink and green bud appeared (picture 8).
* On the day 160 the short stem and colourful Tulipa Rococo Appeared (picture 9).
* On the day 166 shown a wide opened cream, yellow, and green tulip (picture 10); and a wide opened bright red Parrot tulip (above picture 17).
* The mix Tulips Bed (picture 11).
* On the day 170 shows a salmon, green and yellow tulip (picture 12).
* A bell shape cream, white and green tulip (picture 13); and a black tulip (picture 14) were opened.
* On the day 173 four cut tulips (picture 15) were moved in house for decoration.
* On the day 199 wrape the used bulbs with straws (picture 16) and set in a wooden box; then placed into a total dark cool room for the following year.
Remove the bulbs only after the leaves turned yellowish. Cut off the stems, the leaves, and the roots. Place the bulbs in total dark cool dry and airy place until the next sowing.
Storing tulip bulbs in a old wooden fruit box, and wrape them with straws in layers to make sure they are completely dry.
If you keep the bulbs in the ground, they might not bloom next time as the bulbs will be rotten with the wet ground; and it may invite plant diseases. If you wish to buy new every year, you may just leave it in the ground.
Landscaping a small yard with all these colourful organic tulips bed would be a delightful task!