10 Tips for more beautiful tulips

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As a design element in the spring garden, tulips are indispensable. Whether planted in small groups in the perennial flowerbed or rock garden, as a splash of color in the flower meadow or as an underplanting of shrubs and trees, even in the pot and balcony box tulips are universally applicable. Their varied shapes, colors and stature heights leave nothing to be desired in the design. With these tips you have more of the beautiful spring bloomers.

1. Look up while buying onions

An important quality feature of tulip bulbs is their size, as larger onions produce more vigorous plants with larger flowers. Also make sure that the onion is firm and unhurt. If you are looking for new varieties, you should not wait too long, because these are often already sold out in September. In December then bargain time: Now the remainders are often offered far below the original selling price. Take it easy, even if some onions are already driving out. If they come into the ground before Christmas, they will grow easily.

2. Tulips in the pot: the lasagna method

Tulips in the pot

Tulips are very suitable for the culture in the pot - but make sure you have a good drainage

Tulips can be well cultivated in the bucket, if the jars are well drained and deep enough. If necessary, drill additional drain holes and fill in some expanded clay at the bottom. Commercially available potting soil should be mixed with one third of sand. When planting in the fall, the lasagna method has proven itself: If you put the onions in two or three layers, much more will fit in and the flower will be much more abundant in spring.

3. A sand bed against stagnant moisture

The ancestors of the garden tulips come from steppes and mountain regions in western Asia. The continental climate nearly dehydrates its natural habitats during the summer months. That is why tulips end their vegetation cycle as early as June and their bulbs do not cope well with the relatively damp Central European summer. As a hobby gardener you have to live with the climate, but you can influence the soil conditions: On stagnant soils you should embed tulip bulbs on a three to five centimeter thick layer of coarse-grained sand. It acts like a drainage layer and keeps the moisture away from the resting bulbs.

4. Cut off wilted flowers

Remove tulip flower

Tulips are more durable if you cut off the wilting flowers before seedling

When the tulip blossom has passed its zenith, the calyx continues to open and the petals begin to wilt at the edges. Already at this stage you should cut off the flower with a knife or a pruner at the base. This will prevent the tulip from investing its energy in seed formation. At the same time, the likelihood of the bulb sprouting again next spring - like all plants, tulips have a natural urge to reproduce. The green stems should be left to dry.

5. Always plant in small groups

Often you can see here and there in the gardens between the sprouting perennials some yellow and red tulip flowers herauslugen. From a design point of view, this is above all a gifted potential. So that the beautiful spring flowers can develop their optimal color effect, they should never be planted individually, but always in small groups of at least ten copies. Even the wild color mixtures that you sometimes see in the gardens are not ideal. Two-tone compositions or tone-on-tone plantings of three to four types of tulips are much more harmonious.

6. Safe protection against voles

Put tulip bulbs

Protection against voles can easily be made from wire mesh itself

Tulip bulbs are high on the menu of the voles. Safe protection against the gluttonous rodents provide vole baskets that you can easily make yourself from chicken wire with a maximum of ten millimeters mesh size. The side walls of the baskets should be about 15 centimeters high and protrude close to the earth's surface. Those who are not plagued by voles can comfortably plant their tulips in autumn with an onion planter. For heavy soils, use a device with a handle and a step for the foot.

7th summer residence for tulip bulbs

There is a reliable way to bring delicate tulips through the summer: when the foliage begins to wither, dig out the plants along with the onions and beat them into boxes of sand, sorted by color or variety. Store the containers in a warm, dry place. Until the planting season in September, the leaves are completely dried. Cut it off and then plant the onions again.

8. Nutrient replenishment

Fertilize tulips

With mineral fertilizer there is a chance of another sprouting

Like all bulbous flowers, tulips have to cope with a relatively short growing season, as they return to their bulbs in summer. If you want to increase your chances of re-budding next year, you should provide the plants with nutrients as soon as their leaves unfold. If possible, use a mineral fertilizer such as blue grain, because it can be absorbed by the roots immediately.

9. Sow wild tulips

If you like to experiment, you can also sow wild tulips. Harvest the ripe capsules in summer, store them dry and seed the seeds flat in clay pots in the autumn with a 1: 1 mixture of sand and potting soil. Then you lower the pots in a cold frame. In late winter, the first seeds germinate. The young plants are cultivated further in the pots until the autumn of the following year and occasionally supplied with liquid fertilizer. In September you can put the small onions into the bed, where they flower for the first time after another two years. The results are always exciting, as tulips intersect easily.

10. Long-lasting species and varieties

Wild Tulip Tulipa tarda

Wild tulips can lead to pleasant surprises, as they often sow themselves under suitable site conditions

The life of tulips varies greatly depending on the variety. While heavily bred specimens such as the parrot tulips and the fringed tulips will return only in the best conditions and weather conditions next year, original breeding forms such as the Viridiflora tulips with their distinctive green design on the petals are more durable. Wild tulips such as Tulipa tarda or the native vineyard tulip (Tulipa sylvestris) form even larger stocks in warm locations on well-drained soils over the years.

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