Tulips are one of the most beautiful types of spring bulbs that bloom in variety of colors and shapes. Moreover, among all the spring flowering bulbs tulips are the most colorful and versatile plants. Depending upon the variety of Tulip flower, these can be obtained as single, double, ruffled, fringed or lily-shaped. The main types of Tulips can be categorized as:
Wild or Species Tulips: They are usually small in size, which ranges in height from three to eight inches. Although, species tulips are delicate, they are tougher than hybrids and can last for long. If provided plenty of sun and well-drained soil, most of these flower well for several years. Furthermore, they are less vulnerable to stormy spring weather and have short stems that don’t bend in strong winds.
Triumph Hybrids: Triumph Tulips are the largest and most important class of tulips. These are generally the classic single, cup-shape tulips that make up the major grouping of Tulip types. Furthermore, these bulbs flower in early mid-season and grow between 10-20 inches tall. They have sturdy stems, which allow them to stand up well even in bad weather conditions. The top variety of triumph hybrids are: Ile de France, Cracker tulip and Calgary.
Before planting these wonderful bulbs in your garden area, you need to consider some of the important factors in order to have a successful gardening of these plants. These factors include:
- Plant these bulbs as soon as you purchase them
- These bulbs are usually planted in the fall season when soils are below 60° F
- These bulbs need to be planted in the fall, before the ground gets cold and hard
- Plant these bulbs six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected
- All kinds of Tulips can not grow in the excessive moisture
- Never deliberately water a bulb bed as wet soil may leads to fungus and disease and can even rob bulbs
- Avoid rainy summers, irrigation systems and wet soils when planting Tulips
- Select an appropriate plot size I order to space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart
- Measuring from the base of the bulb, plant these bulbs deep at least 8 inches.
- Remember the bigger the bulb, the deeper the hole it requires
- Spray gravel, kitty litter, holly leaves or prickly bush branches into the hole to put off mice and other gnawer from using up the hole
- Plant the bulb in the hole with the pointy end up
- Right after planting these bulbs do watering so as to trigger growth
So, above are some of the essential factors that you must keep in your mind while growing these flower bulbs. However, even after planting these bulbs, you need to take a proper care of these plants so as to receive a best outcome. Below are some of the vital tips to take care of Tulip plants:
- Water tulips only during the dry spells in the fall otherwise avoid watering them
- Compost these plants annually
- Deadhead these plants after flowering
- After flowering, before removing these plants, allow them to yellow for about six weeks
By following all the above mentioned factors and tips, you can enjoy watching the Tulips sprouting in the spring and transforming into beautiful spring Tulips.