These beautiful, bell-shaped flowers make a dazzling display of colour in early spring. In our warmer climate tulips will grow well in a position that receives half a day of full sun. They like to be kept cool and moist but not too wet. Tulips not only make a stunning display when mass planted but are also stunning in pots.
Tips on planting and care of tulips
*In warm climates winter chill the bulbs by placing them in a paper packet and chill in the crisper for 4-6 weeks before planting.
*Thrive in a friable well-drained soil which has been prepared with plenty of organic compost and an application of complete fertilizer.
*Tulips do not like acid soil therefore it is best to add an application of lime before planting.
*Plant bulbs approximately 10-15cm deep and 15cm apart.
*After planting water well and once leaves appear, water regularly to keep soil moist but not too wet.
*Feed with a liquid plant food when the first growth appears and then again when flower buds appear.
*Lift and store bulbs each year after the foliage turns yellow.
*Tips when planting in pots –
*Plant bulbs closely together but not touching.
*The flat side of the tulip bulb should be faced to the outside of the pot. The first leaf will grow in that direction and therefore will not congest the centre of the pot.
*Plant so that the tips of the bulbs are just under the soil surface.
*In our warm climates these bulbs are best discarded as they will not reflower in pots the following year.
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