Planting And Growing Tulips

Are you familiar with planting and growing tulips? You need a lot of information to grow beautiful tulips; I can help.

Are you thinking of growing Tulips?

The botanical name of this popular spring flower is derived from the Persian word, toliban, turban, when the inverted flower was supposed to resemble. It does belong to the Lily Family and grows wild over a great territory from Asia Minor through Siberia to China.

Most of the wild Tulips are so small that they are only suitable for the rock garden. Among those are Tulipa elusiana, eichleri, and kaufmanniana. The Tulips seen in gardens today are complex hybrids or selections from wild types that have been developed over a period of many centuries. Tulips of this kind were brought to northern Europe in l554 by the Austrian Ambassador to the Sultans of Turkey. By 1600 they had already become very popular and were being grown in great quantities in Holland.

Nothing can be easier than growing Tulips: the bulbs you plant in November flower in almost any soil. If you live in a northern climate, the modern varieties tend to run out after a few years, but there are many climates, where Tulips can be grown successfully and where they will increase rather than decrease. They should be planted deep (six, seven or eight inches, rather than the usual four or five),in a medium-light loam soil with some humus and sand in it. The bulbs should be lifted when their foliage ripens, and stored in a dry place during the summer.

Now there is a serious disease that will sometimes effect a Tulips and is called Fire (Boyrytis) for which there is no known cure except to dig up and burn the affected plant. It is very advisable when planting bulbs to inspect them carefully before planing to be sure that none of them are bruised or cut, as diseases can easily enter those bruised or cut places on the bulbs, then spread to other bulbs. If you bulbs are lifted yearly they should be planted in different ground also.

Tulips come in many varieties as I will list below:

Early Single Tulips- 8"-l5", in shades of orange, pink, red, white, and yellow.

Early Double Tulips, in shades of orange and yellow, pink and rose, red, red and yellow and white.

Triumph Tulips, in colors of buff blend, white, rose and white, reddish-violet, and yellow.

Late Tulips, 24"-30", their colors are unusual, mostly dull-toned and include many of the so-called art shades. These flowers are very handsome and are borne on tall stems.

Cottage Tulips: l8"-24", these are late Tulips and contain many unusual colors.

Darwin Tulips: 24"-30" or more, these are long stemmed tulips and contain some very old varieties, some of the colors are; dark maroon-purple, deep crimson and red, reds, pink and rosy pink, mauves, white and yellow.

Lily-Flowered Tulips, these have long recurved petals, and some of their colors are yellow, ruby-violet, pink and white.

Parrot Tulipes, these have petals fringed and laciniated. and come in many colors.

The Tulips may go in the ground in November, and as I have told you there are many varieties and colors to choose from. Bulb foliage should be allowed to wither before it is cut, for the sap of the foliage returns through them to the bulb, storing strength for the following year. The best bulbs to buy are the medium-sized and they should also be planted 6"-8" deep.

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