Tulips Care Tips
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Storing Tulip Bulbs
Two alternatives to storing tulip bulbs are to leave them in the ground
or dig them up after the leaves yellow. Tulips are perennial plants and
first option allows nature revive the bulbs on her own. The second
option involves keeping the bulbs dry and cool until late autumn,
the same process as explained above.
Here are some more tips for planting bulbs.
If you are transplanting tulips you have to wait until the foliage has
died back before you lift the bulbs. You can either replant the bulbs
away or store the bulbs as described above. Same applies for dividing them.
Pests and Diseases
Tulips are highly durable, but you need to be wary of a few pests and diseases
that can harm your plants.
Squirrels are attracted to Tulip bulbs, but can be deterred by placing
black netting over the top of the bulbs or sprinkling Cayenne pepper or
flakes/powder around the garden. Aphids can also be
troublesome, but can be easily washed away with water.
Tulips are mostly disease free, but can be affected by tulip fire. This
disease is easily identifiable with the presence of odd, distorted
foliage. It usually appears before the plant has bloomed, but is
just as serious if you notice 'flecks and burns' anywhere on the
flowered plant. The only solution is to dig out from the roots and
destroy the bulb.
Potted Tulips And Forcing Tulip Bulbs
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Potted Tulips can brighten up your containers in the spring. Get some good quality tulip bulbs and plant them into your
containers with regular potting compost. Little tulips are great for growing tulips in pots. They are less likely to fall over.
You can mix them with daffodils or
crocus as well.
If you want to enjoy a bit of early spring color indoors try forcing
tulip bulbs. Bring the pots into the house in early January.
Within a few weeks you should have a beautiful display.
These bulbs are resilient in general and little care is needed to achieve beautiful blooming flowers.
Check out this page for more tips on growing tulips
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