Choosing healthy bulbs is the first step to growing beautiful tulips. Selecting individual bulbs gives you the opportunity to choose only the best ones. Containers of bulbs may be less expensive, but you are less likely to receive a good portion of quality bulbs this way. Bulbs should be large in size, with no cracks or signs of rotting on the outside of the bulb.
Tulips will bloom best when planted in the autumn months before the first frost, typically around October or November. Choose a location that receives ample sunlight and does not retain too much water. Too much moisture will cause the bulbs to rot. Preparing the soil before planting your tulips will provide an extra boost in their health and beauty. Soil should be worked and loosened well. Try to work a depth of at least six inches of soil. Urban Plantscapes Planting Bulbs
Plant your tulips approximately four or five inches into the soil. Light soil and exceptionally frigid climates may require you to plant your bulbs slightly deeper. Bulbs should be planted at least six inches apart. The wide base of the bulb should always be planted facing down. After you have planted your bulbs, lightly pack the soil on top of them and give them a light watering. If winters are especially cold in your region, a light covering of mulch may be beneficial. Otherwise, little winter maintenance is necessary.
In the early spring, any mulch or covering can be removed from the tulip bed. When tulips are in bloom, keep an eye out for aphid infestations. Aphids can cause permanent damage to your tulips, which can spread throughout your entire bed. An aphid infection can often be identified by streaking on the flowers. Remove any infected tulips as soon as possible.
Blooms can be cut to be used for floral arrangements. You can also hang cut flowers upside down to dry. Both live and dry tulip arrangements are quite attractive. If you do not cut your blooms for display, then you should cut them as soon as they begin to fade to ensure healthy growth next season.
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