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Caring for tulips - 7 tips

Tulips are popular harbingers of spring that everyone in the garden should have. So that you don't have to replant them, here are 7 tips on how to care for tulips.

Tulips are undemanding

Delicate tulips belong to the genus of lily plants and unfold their beauty year after year - between March and May - in our home gardens. The tulips are robust, easy-care plants that still need proper care. So that nothing goes wrong here, you should follow the tips below when caring for the tulips.

Caring for tulips - 7 tips

Tip 1 - plant tulips
Already in autumn, you should bury the tulip bulbs in a location that is as sunny as possible (approx. 12 centimeters deep) so that the colorful tulip bloom can begin early in the spring. You should always use the tulip bulbs in groups, so that they can fully develop their splendor.

Alternatively, you can also bury the tulip bulbs in planters.

Tip 2 - protect tulips from voles
You should make sure all year round that no voles are bothering the onions. You can hold this off with a wire mesh, for example. Or you can plant imperial crowns in the immediate vicinity. Voles don't like the smell of this plant.

Tip 3 - winter protection
To protect the tulips from the strong frost temperatures in winter, it is best to pile them up with soil. Additional frost protection (e.g. in the form of sisal) is especially recommended if there is a strong frost break in the spring.

Tip 4 - water tulips
During the growth phase and also during flowering, you should only water the tulips moderately if necessary, because too much water will even harm them.

Tip 5 - fertilize
Tulips hardly ever need fertilization. It is sufficient if you supply the soil with nutrients in the autumn (e.g. with compost or a complete fertilizer). During the flowering phase, additional fertilization with a complete fertilizer should only be carried out if necessary.

Tip 6 - after flowering
At the end of the flowering period, you should only cut off the tulips when they are completely dry. However, you should only remove the withered calyx. This is the only way that new tulip bulbs, so-called daughter bulbs, can form independently over the years.

Tip 7 - fight diseases
It is very rare that tulips are affected by diseases (e.g. a fungal attack). From time to time, however, they suffer from onion putrefaction, which means that the flowering in the coming spring will often fail completely or be very stunted.

In the case of onion rot and fungal attack, you must immediately remove all the flower bulbs concerned from the soil and also renew the affected soil all around.