Friday, November 9, 2012

5 Steps to having tulips your neighbors want to steal!

How to have beautiful Spring Flowers


Tulips are 
among the world's most delightful flowers.Tulips are among the world's most delightful flowers.
If you really want gorgeous Spring flowers, you can't lose with tulips. However, to get the most dramatic results from your Spring tulips (and other bulbs) you must to start during the fall season by planting your bulbs as part of your flowerbed
You need to plant your tulip bulbs (along with your other bulbs) right now will guarantee you will have a display of color starting up in Spring through Summer months

Simple steps to amazing tulips


Step 1 - Mapping out your flower beds

Since different varieties of bulbs flower at various times, this means that If you choose properlyyou can have flowers from early Spring to late Summer. To get started, draw out all your beds, then do your research to see when specific bulbs bloom.

Step 2 - Use Color to define your landscaping
I'm a hot flower person...reds, oranges, yellow, pinks etc.; but, if you're a cool color gardener I won't hold that against you! 
I recommend buying  a copy of The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book). This will help you determine the best bulbs and flowers to use in creating a color-based flower bed.
Use color pencils to color in the areas where you want your flowers, add in accent plants like Hostas and other perennials.

Step 3 - Deciding on bulbs
Walmart has done the research for you by offering at the entrance of most of their stores, bulb displays. Each box contains bulbs which are labeled with they bloom and shows what the color of each flower. Pick and choose your bulbs according the final design you're shooting for.

Normally, bulbs are incredibly hearty and very simple to nurture, and bulbs will grow every year
The majority of any type of bulbs can be purchased during their dormant phase. You should buy them as soon as possible before they begin to generate roots. You'll want to get your bulbs selected and ready to be planted in early fall to give them enough time and energy to set up themselves
Don't 
Be careful with bulbs may deteriorate if kept out of the ground too long. Don't buy any type of bulb that is soft or mushy, or looks like it's unhealthy.

Be sure to choose large and solid bulbs. Do not place a bulb which is soft and / or shriveled, as it could possibly be bad or dead within.


Step 4 - Start preparing the site
Tulips grow practically in most garden soil although if the ground is extremely dried up, sow the bulbs 24 hours following it has rained. The optimal site must be sunny or softly shaded. Clear away any type of weed growth or stones and use a fork or even trowel so that you can loosen up as well as aerate the dirt.


Step 5 - Plant the tulip bulbs 
Use a trowel to dig a hole big enough to accommodate all of the bulbs that you are planting. The depth of the hole should be twice the length of the bulb itself. You can also plant them in groups of 2 or 3 depending on what you want.
Loosen the soil inside the hole to help the roots grow more easily. Loosen the soil inside the hole to help the roots grow more easily.
Bulbs must be planted with the tip pointing upwards. Bulbs must be planted with the tip pointing upwards.
Position the bulbs in a random pattern 2 - 3 times their width apart. Position the bulbs in a random pattern 2 - 3 times their width apart.
Bulbs can be planted together in one hole if you have an open, empty flower bed, or individual holes if you're going for a specific design style.

Step 6 - Replace the soil
Using your hands, gently draw the soil across the bulbs, taking care not to move them. Using your hands, gently draw the soil across the bulbs, taking care not to move them. Press the soil down with your fingers.

Step 5 - Water the bulbs only if really dry

If your flower bed soil is really dry, you'll need to water it first. However, be careful not to overwater your tulip bulbs as newly planted bulbs may rot if the soil becomes sodden and waterlogged. There should be enough rain through the autumn and winter to provide your bulbs with enough moisture.

Finally, Set back and watch...
By March or April in the northern hemisphere and September or October in the southern hemisphere, your bulbs should have transformed into beautiful spring tulips.

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