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Tulip Care

How to prepare for the best tulip care.

Here we will discuss tulip care and the number one priority is to choose your tulip bulb carefully. This is paramount to ensure a beautiful and colorful display each year.

Bulb selection

tulip bulbs The choosing of the bulb is essential for the best results.The bigger the tulip bulb the better. It is important to carefully check for any signs of disease or damage. The bulb should be firm, and have a protective papery skin surrounding it, something like an onion.
Any bulb which is soft or has signs of mold should not be selected !
If you want a perennial tulip care should be taken to select the correct tulip group.


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Bulb feeding

Feeding the bulb is also helpful. Apply fertilizer in early spring when the shoots emerge. This will encourage the tulip bulbs to produce brightly colored, beautiful flowers. For perennials which will be left in the ground remember to do this annually.
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Bulb Storage

Allow the bulbs to replenish their food store is also important in tulip care.
Dead-head once the tulip has finished blooming but take care to leave the stems and leaves intact to feed the bulb. Remove any fallen petals from the ground in case they have any disease. It's best to lift the bulbs when the leaves start turning yellow, but if the site is needed for summer bedding, lift the tulips carefully and replant them in a spare piece of garden. Llift again when the leaves have started to turn yellow. Place the bulbs in shallow boxes and store in a dry shed.


Propagation

Remove offsets when the bulbs are lifted. Store the largest ones in a dry place at 16-18°C (61-65°F). Plant them in late autumn 10-15cm (4-6in) deep and with a gap twice the width of the offsets in between. They should flower the following season.

Naturalization (perennialization)

All Species varieties , the wild ones, are totally perennial and of the other the Hybrid strains are the best bulbs for naturalizating. These are cultivated bulbs that have not been extensively cross-bred and thus are very close to the bulb as found in nature. Fertilize these planting areas in autumn and spring by applying low nitrogen fertilizer, or special bulb fertilizer and each autumn the following year. If you forget to fertilize in autumn then apply a high nitrogen, fast-release fertilizer, in spring, as the shoots first appear. This should ensure future flowering.
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Pests and diseases

Utmost care must be taken over your stored bulbs.
Regulary check your tulips carefully and make sure they are healthy.
Stored bulbs may be eaten by mice, and slugs may feed on the bulbs, stems and leaves of small plants.
The arabis mosaic and cucumber mosaic viruses affect tulips, blue mould may develop on damaged bulbs and tulip fire can cause scorched areas on leaves and flowers.
Any bulbs you find damaged must be disposed of immediately.

 



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