Growing Tulips in the Vegetable Garden

Growing tulips in a vegetable plot is extremely convenient and the least obvious of places. Your vegetable garden should have a little extra room to provide your young tulips with ideal growing conditions: an open situation, free from shade and competition, and soil that is loose, fertile, and drains freely. What more could you ask for? This is where you can preserve the immature bulbs of your special tulips that you want to retain for future planting when they get a little larger. You may find that many varieties can be very hard to find as years past. Because of this fact, it is important to have the means to lift your favorite tulips and preserve them for future plantings. Replanting your tulips for the future will also save you the expense of repurchasing them every couple of years.

It always a good idea to follow the methods of the commercial growers of letting your tulips come into flower. In this way, you can check to make sure their blooms are what you thought they would be and thereby acting as a name verification process. This will also allow you to pull out any of them that are showing any signs of the tulip breaking virus before removing the flowers. One advantage of having them in rows is that they are easier to lift for storage in the summer months. They will usually reach flowering size within two to three seasons of growth.

"Tulips in Raised Beds"

Tulips In a Raised Bed

The vegetable plot is also the ideal place to grow tulips for cutting and placing in arrangements without having to jeopardize your border displays for flowers. The effort involved in planting tulip bulbs in rows and gathering their flowers in spring is very minimal. The great advantage is that you can plan and grow exactly the colors and varieties that most appeal to you. Don't rely on finding your favorite color tulips from the florist or store when spring arrives. Grow your favorite tulips so you will be sure to have them on hand when you need them.

Growth of Tulips
When the tulip bulb begins to grow, roots emerge from the base and then the central column elongates until the growing point emerges from the soil. This extends, and then splits vertically to become a folded leaf that gradually begins to unravel. Then, a second leaf unfolds facing the opposite direction, and from between them rises the central stalk.
As the stem grows longer, it develops two or three extra, more narrow leaves that become more pointed the higher up the stem they appear. Usually each stem carries only one flower, unless they are a multi-flowered variety.

If  you plan your vegetable garden well, you should be able to spare room for your favorite tulips and any other bulbs that you are trying to raise to planting size. This is sort of like your plant nursery hidden among and below your beans, squash or pepper plants. If your rows are wide enough you could even place them below and in front of your tomato plants. Be creative and give your tulips a good plot of soil where they can grow up to be healthy plants with many beautiful flowers.

Tulips come in many beautiful colors, so don't be afraid to plant brilliant purple tulips as well as reds, pinks, and oranges. There are also many good types of tulips, such as: triumph tulips, parrot tulips, fringed tulips, lily tulips, gregi tulips and darwin tulips, just to mention a few of the most popular ones.

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