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Tulips


Question: tulips


when and how to plant tulips, what kind of soil do they need and what exposure?

Answer: tulips


Dear Rosanna,
tulips are perennial bulbous plants that are part of the genus tulipa, which has about a hundred species, widespread in the Mediterranean area and in some areas of Asia; in the garden usually hybrid varieties are planted, which are very suitable for the wild, as they resist very well the winter cold and the summer heat. Tulips usually bloom in spring, so the best way to grow them is to plant them in the fall, as in hyacinths, crocuses, irises or daffodils. Placing them in October or November, before the climate becomes too cold, the bulbs are allowed to settle before the arrival of the frost; in this way, as soon as the climate becomes mild, the bulbs start rooting and developing again, so as to be ready with the buds in spring. If desired, it is also possible to place the tulips at the end of winter, although this often results in quite stunted blooms in the first year of life of the plants, since they have had to prepare all the "new" vegetation in the year of flowering, and not during the previous autumn. To have beautiful large and colorful tulips, it is fundamental first of all to choose beautiful large and compact bulbs, without signs or points where they are damaged for any reason; once the bulbs have been chosen, a very sunny flowerbed is chosen, where the soil will work well, enriching it with a little manure; Bulbous plants prefer very soft and soft, and not compact and hard soils, which can prevent the bulbs from developing properly. If there is a very compact soil in your garden, it is necessary to soften it by adding sand before working it with a spade or a pitchfork (or with a motor hoe if you have it). Once the soil is softened and enriched, level it and bury the bulbs at about once or a half times their depth diameter, leaving a space between the bulbs equal to about their diameter. So let's water and leave the bed undisturbed until we see the first shoots of our bulbs; this thing will happen more or less in spring (the climate more or less warm can cause an advance or a delay in the development of the shoots even of some weeks), and therefore often it happens that it is not necessary to water the tulips in the vegetative period, because they think about it already the rains. If instead the climate is dry, we water when the soil is dry; after flowering we grow the leaves until they dry themselves. After they have lost the leaves, the bulbs do not need watering and can be left to dwell, or extracted from the ground to shelter them during the summer months, in a cool, dark and dry place, until the autumn.