Tulips are a genus of perennial, bulbous plants . Although it is the most representative species of Holland and despite what we may think, this vegetation is native to Asia.
Currently there are a large number of varieties, all of them of great beauty.
Tulips are herbaceous plants and are characterized by developing from a bulb . These are basally truncated and inside, they are covered by a type of hair. Its stems are simple and leaves grow from them.
Due to the great variety and hybrids of tulips that exist today, the leaves can be of different shapes (arrowed, linear, lanceolate, etc.). Its foliage remains on the plant throughout the year (evergreen), hence it is a perennial species .
But if this plant stands out for something, it is for its flowers.
As you well know, tulip flowers are large and, above all, colorful . They can be single or double and the shades vary from classic white to, for example, red or blue. They have rounded or conical petals that tend to close when it gets dark.
Tulips bloom in spring or 3 months after the bulbs have been planted . In addition, it is important to mention that they remain in perfect condition for at least 3 weeks. Then, they begin to wither.
IF you are looking for a colorful and special garden, tulips can be a more than valid option.
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First of all, you should know that tulip maintenance is very basic . In fact, it is considered that its cultivation hardly has any difficulty.
But, although this species is very easy to grow, it is not exempt from needing watering, a certain amount of sunlight or a specific location.
That said, when planting tulips in your garden, you should keep the following in mind:
They need a large amount of water to develop in all their splendor, especially in the summer season. But be careful, do not flood them as they do not tolerate excess water. You will know that your tulip needs to be watered when the substrate is dry or when you see that the leaves/flowers are “lifeless”. Do not wet the leaves or flowers.
Tulips can grow in full sun or semi-shade locations . In this case your growing preferences come into play.
There are species that develop both in outdoor areas and in indoor rooms. Before proceeding to grow it, make sure what variety yours is.
Unlike other plants, tulips tolerate cold very well , in fact, they need it to bloom. Additionally, cold temperatures help eliminate diseases/pests that develop due to heat and humidity.
When planted in a pot, the most suitable substrate is a mixture containing sand, leaf soil and perlite. In general, the soil should be loose, aerated, light and very well drained (as we have said before, it does not tolerate waterlogging).
It is recommended to provide granulated fertilizer at least once a month . After flowering it is also advisable to fertilize them with a specific fertilizer for flowering plants (dilute this fertilizer in the irrigation water).