How To Take Care of Tulips

Tulips are a happy, spring flower that draws attention far and wide. These simple buds seem like they would be easy to grow but this is not always true.

  1. Plant the tulips where they will get both sun and shade. Tulips appreciate sunlight but they need a break every now and then so plant them where they get a combination of both. Try for morning sunlight and afternoon shade when possible.
  2. Fertilize twice a year. Start with fertilizer before the blooms pop up in the spring. Then add a small dose of fertilizer at the end of the season in October or November to prepare them for the following spring. Loosen the soil at the base of your plant bulbs then sprinkle in some fertilizer crystals. As the spring rains or your watering can saturate the ground over the next few weeks, the crystals will reach the roots and fertilize your flowers.
  3. Water tulips regularly. If your yard gets rain more than once a week you should be fine. However, if you live in a cooler or dryer climate, then make sure you water heavily at least once a week to keep your blooms thriving.
  4. Trim the dead parts. When blooms start to wither and die, be sure to cut them off with sharp shears before they impact the rest of the plant. Cut the plants a few inches down the stem so that it separates from the main plant.
  5. Keep animals and pests out of your garden. Rabbits and squirrels are as fond as these pretty flowers as people are. Keep them out of your garden with natural options like wire fencing or non-toxic products.  

Tulips are an early blooming spring flower that can be easy to take care of as long as you remember these simple procedures. By taking care to pamper and protect your tulips, you'll have beautiful bulbs in your garden for seasons to come.

There are tulips varieties that bloom both early and late in the season. When you plant your garden with a mixture of both types you can have blooming tulips for most of the growing season and enjoy them for twice as long.


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