You must have a heart of stone if you can't appreciate the beauty of tulips. Compact, colourful, and highly ornamental, no wonder they were placed in such high regard by early garden designers.
Of course you can just plant and forget, but to get the best out of tulips you need to give them a little care. So, read on to see my top tips for tulip care.
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2. If you're growing tulips in containers don't forget to water them during early spring if the weather is unseasonably dry and warm. They can quickly dry out especially if strong winds are prone.
3. After flowering, most varieties benefit from being lifted and stored in a dry place until the autumn. Other varieties, particularly the Kaufmanniana hybrids and species tulips, can be left in the ground, and allowed to spread naturally.
4. Traditionally, tulips were planted in the autumn before the first frosts arrived. However they tend to do far better being planted later, anywhere from November to as late as January. This will also help to reduce the incidence of fungal infection during the earlier wet weather. Once planted give them a good top dressing.
5. Start to water your bulbs when you see the buds beginning to rise as this will encourage larger blooms and taller stems.
6. For long-term tulip displays, allow the old foliage to dry off before cutting it back. This will allow most of the plants nutrients to be absorbed back into the bulb proper in readiness for next years show.
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