Original Article is on Liberation75.ca
We’re BIG fans of the tulip! It’s a vibrant, hearty flower that is a charmingly beautiful addition to any garden. Since the tulip brings so much beauty into our day, including the commemorative beauty that comes with a Liberation75 tulip, we think it’s only fair to show it some love and give it the best chance possible to grow and thrive.
We’ve put together some basic growing and care tips for you and your Liberation75 tulips. Follow our advice and your tulips should be happier and healthier than ever!
When to Start?
The BEST time to plant your tulips is in the autumn when the ground is cool but not frozen so that they can begin to form roots before winter weather moves in. By planting your bulbs in the fall, you will be rewarded with a big, beautiful spring bloom when warmer temperatures tell your bulbs that winter is over and it is … showtime!
If you can’t plant them right away and want to store your bulbs make sure you keep them in a dark, dry space like a garage or cellar. You can also plant them in the spring, but make sure to wait until at least the end of April or else the weather will still be too cold for them. Note: Bulbs planted in spring may not bloom in the first year.
You’ve Got Your Bulbs… Now What?
You’ve got your tulip bulbs and are ready to start planting. However, not all areas of your garden are the same. Make sure to choose a spot that suits your tulip’s needs. Typically, tulips grow best in full or afternoon sunlight with just a bit of shade. They prefer well-drained, fertile soil. No tulip does well with too much moisture. Some shelter against the elements can also be helpful. Having a building wall or some taller plants nearby can protect the tulips from high winds and storms.
Once you’ve picked your perfect tulip spot, it’s time to get them in the ground!
Dig a hole for each bulb that is 6 to 8 inches deep, a depth that will give the bulbs protection from the elements. A good rule to remember is the bigger the bulb, the deeper the hole needs to be. If you have multiple bulbs, space the holes about 4 to 6 inches apart. This will give each tulip room to grow and not crowd each other.
Place the tulip bulb in the hole pointy end up. Cover the bulb with soil and press it down firmly. After the bulb(s) are snug in the ground give the whole area a thorough watering.
Now, you wait. Your tulips will stay safe under the snow all winter and should then pop out in early/mid spring!
Take Care, Tulips!
Below we have some care tips for keeping your flowers healthy and beautiful for as long as possible.
• ONLY water your tulips if the weather is excessively dry, and even then, only once a week.
• When you initially cover your bulbs with soil, mix in some compost. This will provide the bulbs with additional nutrients to help them grow healthy and strong.
• As the petals fade and fall off, cut the heads off of your tulips to help their growth. However, DO NOT remove leaves until it’s the end of the season and the leaves are yellow/black.
• Try not to fuss too much, tulips are quite resilient. After the initial planting, too much watering or landscaping can mess with their natural process. They can often take care of themselves. And in most cases they should return year after year with no care at all to reward your initial planting work again and again!