Sunday, June 08, 2008

How To Take Care Of Tulips

Tulips are one of the most beautiful flowers because they are so colorful. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring. They also like to come back each year if you take care of them. They don't need much care, but a little will have them coming back each and every year. Now for the good stuff.

How to take care of tulips:

Tulips are one of the flowers that love water. If you don't get much rain or you are in a area that is always warm, make sure you are giving them plenty of water. They will love you for it.

You will want to fertilize your tulips once or twice a year. The best time to give your tulips fertilizer would be the early spring before they bloom again. Simply add a tablespoon of fertilizer on the soil around each of your bulbs.

Protect your precious tulips from little critters. If your tulips are near small animals such as rabbits, squirrels or gophers, you may want to spray your tulips with an animal repellent spray. Another idea would be to build some sort of barrier around them. Some people use chicken wire to protect their tulip gardens. If you are just planting the bulbs, you can install a netting over the bulbs when you plant them.

If you are are trying to transplant tulips, keep them in the same condition they are in. When removing them from the pot, keep the soil intact. If you separate the soil from the bulb, you can risk killing your plant.

For the fresh cut tulips, keep them in a vase with lukewarm water. Make sure to change the water every 2 days. Keep them away from fresh fruit as the fruit releases gas that causes flowers to age faster. If you don't have plant food, add a little sugar to the water.

Fall Bulbs