So, you want to start a tulip garden. Here are some facts and helpful information on starting your tulip garden. Tulips prefer a good, loamy soil and an open, sunny position. Prepare ground by thorough digging. Work in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost and finish with bone meal at 3 0z. Per sq. Yd.
Plant bulbs at least 4 in. apart in September, October, or November with a trowel, in holes 4 in. Deep and large enough to allow each bulb to sit firmly on the soil. There are several guides to planting tulips that are available that will give you more detailed information on planting tulip garden bulbs.
You have many options when it comes to your tulip garden. There are so many beautiful colors of tulips that come with many variations. The most popular colors are red tulips, purple tulips, pink tulips, yellow tulips, and orange tulips. There are also some good contrasting colors of white or black tulips. Actually, some are so dark they almost look black but are really a dark purple. There are also mixed varieties with a couple of different colors mixed together. Don't be afraid to experiment with your tulip garden. Choose all kinds of color combinations or keep a simple well balanced color scheme that will make a more formal display.
Lift your garden tulips in June or July when leaves have died down and store in shallow trays in a cool, dry place until replanting time. If beds are required for summer flowers, lift tulips as soon as they have finished flowering and replant close together in any convenient place to complete growth before final lifting and storing. Separate bulb clusters into individual bulbs before replanting, but plant undersized bulbs in a reserve bed.
Tulips come in many varieties that bloom at different times during the bloom season. You will often see on labels of tulips showing a Early, Mid, or Late bloom time. Plan your tulip garden to include tulips that will bloom from all the seasons so that you will have blooms continuously. Your tulip plants will bloom roughly 2 weeks before they drop their flowers. Each variety will be a little different.
Tulips also can be found in varying heights from short 6” tulips, some with multiple blooms, to those with tall stems of over 24” tall.
Apart from the ordinary pests and diseases that attack most plants, such as, aphids, caterpillars, slugs, mice, gray mold, for example, bulbs suffer from some troubles of their own. In particular the bulbs, corms, or tubers are themselves liable to become infected with disease and should be carefully examined when lifted.
If any exhibit dark patches or spots, or appear scabby, or show any signs of decay, or are wounded, dust them thoroughly with terraclor.
Your tulip garden may be damaged by a disease known as tulip fire, which causes leaves, flowers and stems to wither as if burned, If this disease is troublesome, spray with folpet every 10 to 14 days from March to May, except while plants are flowering.
Eelworms (a nematode) sometimes infest bulbs causing distortion of leaves and stems. Such plant should be burned and the site not used for bulbs for several years.
More articles are available at yardandgardenrescue.com : Tulip fact and information guide, Caring for tulips which helps you care for your bulbs after blooming, and steps to digging, cleaning and storing your tulip bulbs, and many more articles to help you achieve the best tulips ever.