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Tulip Parade

Sun exposure - Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil type - Sandy

The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flower, it also belongs to the family Liliaceae. Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs, tulip plants can be between 10 cm and 71 cm high. Most tulips produce only one flower per stem,

Tulips do best in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The brightly colored, upright flowers may be single or double, and vary in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex forms. They are excellent in beds and borders; many types are good for forcing into bloom indoors, and most are excellent for cut flowers.

Although tulips are a perennial, many gardeners treat them as annuals, to be planted anew each year.

Care

  • Water tulips during dry spells in the fall; otherwise, do not water.
  • Compost annually.
  • Deadhead tulips after flowering.
  • Allow the foliage to yellow for about 6 weeks after flowering before removing it.
  • The bulbs of Species tulips may be left in the ground for several years; others may be lifted annually, once the leaves have died down, and ripened in a warm, dry place.
  • Replant the largest bulbs; smaller bulbs may be grown in containers in a bulb frame, in mix of equal parts loam, leaf mold, and sharp sand. When in growth, water moderately, applying a balanced liquid fertilizer weekly for 3 or 4 weeks after flowering; keep dry in summer, and repot annually.

Pests

  • Gray mold
  • Slugs
  • Snails
  • Aphids
  • Nematodes
  • Bulb rot

Wit & Wisdom

  • If you dig up a tulip bulb in midsummer, it’s not the same bulb you planted last fall. It’s her daughter. Even while the tulip is blossoming, the bulb is dividing for the next generation.
  • To get the longest vase life, cut tulip stems diagonally, then wrap the upper two-thirds of the flowers in a funnel of newspaper and stand them in cool water for an hour or two. Then, recut the stems and the tulips will last at least a week.
  • In 17th-century Holland, the new tulip was such the rage and fashion that a handful of bulbs was worth about $44,000.