Uplift Your Day With Colorful Tulips

Tulips on display at the Canberra Floriade in Australia. (Image: Trisha Haddock/Vision Times)
Tulips on display at the Canberra Floriade in Australia. (Image: Trisha Haddock/Vision Times)

Tulips are ideal as a cut flower. They come in an assortment of bright colors that are uplifting and a joy to view. For tulips to last as a cut flower, place them in a vase that is filled about ⅓ full with fresh water and add a cut-flower food sachet to the vase. Tulips are fantastic planted in a decorative pot and, the range of cut flowers is plentiful in the Spring.

There are over 3,000 registered varieties in many different colors, patterns, petal sizes, and blooming periods to choose from. People often consider that tulips are too hard to grow. Some gardeners just have a natural touch for planting tulips in the ground and leaving them to fend for themselves, entrusting the next season’s number of flowers up to Mother Nature.

Others take considerable care in planting tulips when lifting them up at the end of Spring. Soil is then removed from the bulbs and they are dried out before storing on a tray in a well ventilated area with a room temperature of 65-68°F (18-20°C).

Cut flowers of Tulips and Dutch Iris'. By Trisha Haddock

Cut flowers of Tulips and Dutch Iris. (Image: Trisha Haddock/Vision Times)

You can dig up bulbs early if flowering has finished, but keep the leaves and let them die back to yellow before storing on a tray. Bulb plants hold their food in the bulbous root base, and they will take in nutrition from the leaves before they go dormant. Plant tulips in the Autumn for a colorful Spring display.

Tulips once grew as a wildflower in Central Asia near Russia, and then they spread to Turkey. The people of Turkey gave the tulip its name from the Turkish word turban. Turkish people loved tulips and celebrated them with tulip festivals. A flower enthusiast, Carolus Clusius, wrote a book about tulips in 1592 and published it in the Netherlands. He discovered a phenomena called breaking.

Breaking is a virus that caused many different flamed and feathered varieties. The Dutch become tulip enthusiasts, and the Netherlands went through a period called tulip mania. Tulips became very popular and expensive. Also, for a short time, they were used as currency until the market crashed.

Tulips have travel led through many countries, but they are happiest growing in the Netherlands because they rely on the layers of snow for protection and a conservative amount of water available to the bulb. In A.D. 1600 in the Netherlands, amongst, tulips once thrived in lowland areas that were more wet than cold. The first tulip growers needed to have an ingenious application of drainage and clever farming techniques.

Tulip and pansy display at the Canberra Floriade in Australia. (Image: Trisha Haddock/Vision Times)

With all the resourceful knowledge these days, don’t give up on your magnificent tulip display in your garden if you desireone. Tulips enjoy a soil with a temperature of 57°F (14°C) when planting. In Australia, that is April and May. In warmer regions, you can put the bulbs in the fridge for 4-6 weeks before planting.

The soil for growing tulips in your garden bed should be slightly acidic, pH 6.0 to 6.5, with rich compost added to give your tulips the best chance of survival. Tulips also like to be planted in the sun or partial shade. You will need to use a slow-release fertilizer during Autumn for tulips to thrive throughout the year, and to allow nutrient storage of the bulbs for the next season.

Different varieties of Tulips and annuals on display at the Canberra Floriade. By Trisha Haddock

Different varieties of tulips and annuals on display at the Canberra Floriade in Australia. (Image: Trisha Haddock/Vision Times)

Enjoy your tulips throughout Spring as a cut-flower, in the garden, or in a decorative pot, or stroll through a garden with an abundance of tulips to admire.

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