Easy to grow. Easy to love.
Tulips often come in a variety of bold and pastel colours and are a symbolic flower for spring.
|Light||Prefer a site with full of afternoon sun|
|Water||Ensure soil is well drained, Tulips dislike excessive moisture|
|Temperature||Prefer full sun in mild climates, light shade in hot climates|
Tulips were introduced into Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 16th century. They were originally found in Central Asia and were cultivated in Turkey as early as 1,000 AD.
Do not allow your tulips to remain in standing water. Be sure to drain any excess water from the area. If you have cut tulips, ensure that you cut the stem on a 45 degree angle. This will create a straw like effect for your tulips to drink from. Provide them with cold fresh water. Be sure to change the water every other day to increaset the longevity of your flowers.
Check your tulips for disease. Blight creates brown speaks on the leaves and turns the flower grey. If your tulip is showing symptoms of blight, be sure to remove it right away to decrease the chance on it spreading to the others. Once the tulips petals have dropped, begin to cut the blossoms from the plant, but be sure to keep the leaves. These yellow leaves will still collect sunlight and in turn feed the bulb.
Large hybridized tulips tend to bloom well the first year, but generally decrease in size rapidly in following years. Species tulips, on the other hand, may last many years.