Planting tulips: follow Doctor Bioges' advice

Planting tulips: follow Doctor Bioges' advice

tulipI tulips they are bulbous plants of the Liliaceae family, very appreciated for their large, elegant, very colorful flowers with a delicate scent. In fact, tulips adorn public green spaces but also gardens, terraces and private flower beds. The plant consists of a perennial underground bulb that generates a green stem, which stands very straight with a small number of leaves and a flower on top of the most varied colors. The flower resembles a cup with 3 petals and 3 sepals. Planting tulips it is quite simple because the plant is not demanding and is used to growing in mountainous areas but with a mild climate. Emblem of the Netherlands, the tulip is originally from Asia Minor, its name derives, in fact, from the term "dulband"(Turban) for its shape. Holland is the world's leading producer and exporter of tulips. Over the centuries, hundreds of cultivars and hybrid species have been developed that differ in flower shape, plant size and flowering period. THE flowers of tulip, therefore, they can take on various shades, with petals of a single color or striated, with a sharp or fringed shape. Very popular are the yellow tulips, symbols of hilarity and hope but also i white tulips as a symbol of purity and innocence and finally i pink tulips as a symbol of innocent love.

When to plant tulips - What is the best season for planting the bulbs?

Il ideal period for planting and planting the bulbs is theautunno. In fact, from October until the end of November it is possible to plant tulip bulbs. The month of December is the last useful winter month for plant tulips. The plant needs winter rest, protected from frosts, before spring flowering. Knowing the variety of tulips is important for planting their bulbs at the right time. The period of tulip bloom varies depending on the cultivar, in general between March, April e May. Flowers love the sun, but not exposure to winds, temperate climates are their ideal habitat. The ideal soil for tulips it is sandy and well-draining, rich in organic nutrients. For this type of plants fertilization with natural organic products is particularly suitable, for this reason slow release organic fertilizers such as fertilizers in pellets they can represent the right solution.

How to plant tulip bulbs in pots and in the garden 

Tulips can be grown in pots or in the ground, in groups or in flower beds. Among the varieties of tulip, ideal for growing in pots is the giant tulip Cottage.  Planting - in pots or in the garden - requires:

  • bury the bulbs at a depth of 10 cm (or 3 times the diameter of the bulb) with the tip facing upwards;
  • space the tulips 12 cm from each other;
  • cover with soil and wet with a little water.

Fertilization of the tulip 

Liquid NPK fertilizer ideal for cyclamen, camellias, azaleas and other acidophilic plants

An ideal product for all vegetable and garden plants to be used also during the transplant phase is Day-Horto. Day-Horto is a fertilizer in biological pellets slow release, excellent for regenerating poor soils as it improves its structure by stimulating fertility. It can be used during the soil preparation phase both in pots and in the transplant hole in the garden, before planting the bulbs in the autumn period. To stimulate and support flowering during the spring period, it is advisable to use a specific fertilizer for bulbous plants such as VivacityVivacity it's a fertilizer for bulbous plants, in a liquid formulation with rapid absorption. It can also be used for other types of bulbous plants  How freesias, irisstreetbegonias,cyclamen, daffodils, hyacinths and many others. Vivacity, therefore, intensifies the flowering by extending its duration and gives the flowers bright and intense colors.

Tulips - care and maintenance at home and in the garden

Those who grow tulips at home should be careful not to place the pots in direct sunlight and create a well-ventilated environment. Tulips fear stagnation of water
which cause rot and disease. L'irrigation it must therefore be moderate, limited to the vegetative period, frequent but not excessive. You can use the fertilization maintenance during watering. A insidious and deadly disease for the tulip it is mold Botrytis Tulipæ, as well as leaf blight. The fungal diseases they can be avoided with preventive treatments on bulbs or plants. There end of flowering it is indicated by the leaves that dry up in these cases, it is necessary to cut the flower, remove the dry leaves and let the bulb rest which will preserve its energy until the next spring flowering. The plant does not require pruning, but to have beautiful flowers for the next season just eliminate the withered or damaged flowers.

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