It’s simply not spring until you feast your eyes on bunches of tulips. Their bright, festive colors sitting on top of a single tubular stalk with pointed foliage simply shout the arrival of the season.

Tulips come in countless varieties and colors-literally every imaginable color and color combination. There are single tulips, fancy tulips, fringed tulips and double tulips (to name a few). There are early, mid and late spring blooming tulips; allowing growers to keep the color coming until summer blooming flowers are ready to strut their stuff.

HOW TO GROW

Tulips are grown from bulbs which should be planted in September or October. The bulbs should be planted pointy-side up 6 to 8 inches deep, 6 to 8 inches apart. While fertilizer is not necessary, you will find your tulips will greatly benefit from adding a handful of bone meal to each hole when you plant your tulip bulbs.

The bulbs will reproduce themselves as time goes by; allowing you to separate them and add to your tulip collection. And because it is wise to dig tulip bulbs up every 2 to 4 years, separating the new bulbs from the old is no problem.

Tulips will grow in most any soil as long as it drains well. Sun or shade…they aren’t too particular since the heat of summer doesn’t usually come into play with a tulip’s spring blooming season. Once they are done blooming, you need to allow the foliage to die back completely before cutting back.

Because tulips are perennials, they need the cold winter months in the ground to rest and store up food for the following spring.

Tulips are available from most any lawn and garden center and from a number of mail-order plant suppliers. You can usually purchase a dozen or so tulip bulbs for less than $20.

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