In early spring, tulips begin to sprout in the gardens. It will just snow and they are already piercing the ground with the first leaves. And during the month, flowers appear that bloom for 35 days, giving us pleasure and joy.
There are a number of certain rules for growing them, following which you will be able to admire your flowers every spring.
Rules for growing tulips
In the first spring rays of the sun, when there is still snow, feed your tulips with fertilizer – 15-30 grams per 1 m2 of the area. These can be: nitroammofoska or special fertilizers for garden flowers. Apply the first feeding in the snow, the second – when flower buds appear, and the third – about 7 days after flowering.
2.Assessment of soil condition
Pay attention to the appearance of plants, you can see what is missing in the composition of the soil.
If there is not enough nitrogen, the leaves become thin and hang down. Then the stems and leaves become red. If there is not enough potassium or phosphorus elements, then the edges of tulips’ leaves become blue-green.
3.Removal of sick representatives
The main care for flowers in the spring is the removal of plants infected with the disease. Dig up this plant along with the roots and soil and remove it. Fill the place with a solution of potassium permanganate heated to 70-100 degrees. Do all plant care work carefully so as not to damage healthy plants.
Tulips are a fast-growing plant, during the entire growing season it not only grows the above-ground part together with flowers, but also underground additional bulbs. Therefore, she has such a short period of life. For this, it needs a large amount of nutrients and moisture, especially during the flowering period. Water tulips regularly, especially when there is no rain for a long time, up to twice a week, so that a quality bulb can form. After flowering, be sure to remove the seed pod so that the flower can accumulate nutrients for the winter and lay future flower stalks.
When the above-ground part of the tulips has already dried, dig them up and put them to dry in an attic that is well ventilated in the shade. In August-September, plant tulips in a flower bed. Make furrows 30 cm wide and 20 cm deep, sprinkle superphosphate granules on the bottom and sprinkle a little earth on top. First, lay out the largest bulbs with the bottom facing down and sprinkle with soil. Then plant the small ones between the big ones, sprinkle with earth, and put the “kids” on the edge of the furrow and cover it completely with earth. Do this in order not to dig up tulip bulbs every year. They can grow in one place for 3-4 years. It is absolutely impossible to apply humus when planting tulips.
6. Protection of tulips from adverse conditions
After the first frosts, cover the flowerbed with tulips with mulch. For this, take straw, humus, dry grass or peat. The thickness of the mulch layer should be at least 10-15 cm.
7. Protection against diseases and pests
If the plant began to dry and turn yellow, it means that it is sick. They get sick, as a rule, when the root bulb is damaged by a mite, palea, blacksmith beetle, and if the bulb was mechanically damaged during tillage.