Tulips

Tulips

The tulip plant

The tulip is a beautiful flower of oriental origin but very well known in Europe due to its Dutch cultivation. The Dutch, in their trade with Asia, discovered this remarkable bulb and began to cultivate it from the mid-17th century. The tulip, or Tulipa, belongs to the Liliaceae family, and is universally known for its intense and very sweet scent that it emanates. The flowers that arise from this type of bulb can have different shades, while its leaves are of a characteristic extremely intense green. The tulip, in its varieties, can have different sizes as there are tall and dwarf ones, but in any case the maximum size it can have and a maximum of thirty centimeters, hardly goes beyond.


Environment and exposure

Unlike other plants that do not like too much sunlight, and which must be placed in a sunny position but protected from direct sunlight, the Tulip has the advantage of resisting very well even to direct sunlight, its leaves and indeed its petals love the sunlight, but obviously on the hottest summer days it is not recommended to keep it in full exposure because, even if resistant, its leaves could burn. On the other hand, what the tulip shows to really suffer a lot is the wind, the areas that are too windy, or perhaps a corner of the house subject to a strong current, are definitely not recommended for your tulip, which will suffer greatly from this situation. Always remember that this plant is a real lover of heat and sunny locations, which are not too windy.


Land for growing tulips in pots

The soil in which the tulip bulb prefers to be planted is of the basic type, while it suffers in particular from too clayey soils. To consider the humidity factor, the soil for these bulbs must be very draining and never too humid, if planted in pots it can be a good idea to create a thin, and we recommend, thin layer of clay that will serve to give the soil a greater draining capacity, very useful for creating a type of soil ideal for the bulb. Never use freshly fertilized soils, soils that are too hard and compact, or soils where there is a high concentration of peat, keep in mind that tulip bulbs with earth in the conditions described above and in conditions of extreme soil humidity fill with very much ease.


Planting and repotting

The best time to bury and plant your beautiful bulbs is in November. In this operation it is good to remember some simple rules, which will greatly favor an adequate growth of the plant. First of all, the bulbs must be buried at a depth of at least ten centimeters, so if you have to put them in pots try to take them deep enough to put the bulb in the right position. Another very important thing is the distance, these flowers, like others, need space to grow and bloom, and must therefore be placed at a distance of at least twenty centimeters from each other. This means that in a sixty centimeter pot you will plant no more than three bulbs. When burying, also, always remember to use a well-draining soil, excessive water stagnation will cause your bulb to rot irretrievably. Repotting, when necessary, it is advisable to do it in spring not too late.


Watering

The tulip is not a plant that needs a lot of water. If you plant the bulb in the garden, after planting let it pass at least five days and water carefully and without abounding the place where you planted the bulbs. Subsequently, the rain will suffice to irrigate the soil and you will only have to intervene in the event of rather prolonged periods of drought. Same goes for the bulbs planted in pots and kept in the apartment, water sparingly by increasing the frequency during the summer months but never exaggerate, too humid soil and stagnation of water are not at all appreciated by tulips.


Flowering

During the flowering period you will need to take great care of your plant; fertilization will take place mainly in this period. In fact, the bulb does not need a lot of water and does not like, as we have said, overly fertilized soils. However, the flowering period will be extremely delicate and you will have to intervene with fertilizer. The type of fertilizer is what you can find in any garden shop, and it is the specific type for flowering plants, and you will need to administer it regularly since the plant has been in bloom for about four weeks. Keep in mind another trick to ensure that the flowers are very bright and extremely fragrant, cover the plants with tarpaulins from direct sunlight during flowering, this will favor the brilliance of the colors, which, conversely, could be dulled by the rays. Of sun.


Reproduction

The reproduction of tulips can take place in two ways, through seeds and through bulbils. In the first case, the seeds of the fruit are collected and left to dry, burying them in rich soil and watering them carefully, you will see the fruits of the work after no less than six years. It is much easier to use the bulbils, which as we know grow as a branch of the main bulbs and can be taken from them. The cloves, if picked, should be kept in a cool and dry place until the moment of planting. It should be noted that when the bulbil is still very small it should not be buried at the canonical depth of ten centimeters, but instead it should be buried at five centimeters and watered very regularly, if instead the bulbil is similar in size to the bulb it has now grown and should be treated looked after exactly like the latter.


Pruning

As we have seen, therefore, the tulip does not require particular care in the fertilization phase, nor in watering, as we are in the same boat for pruning; in fact, it will only be necessary to take care of the plant by removing the withered flowers and dry leaves from time to time, this to avoid suffocating it excessively, otherwise no other pruning operation will be necessary.


Flowering period of tulips

The tulip blooms, depending on the variety, from late spring to early autumn; its flowers are of different shades and colors and have a rather rounded shape, some species of tulip can give life to more flowers (even up to six) on each single stem, but most of these plants will generate only one flower per stem. Remember to have in mind the flowering period of the tulip variety you have planted, this phase is undoubtedly the most delicate and devoting more care to the seedling in this period, as I have already highlighted, will give surprising results, generating flowers fragrant and with bright and lively colors.


Diseases and parasites

Faced with a certain simplicity of cultivation, which made it successful centuries ago in Holland, a country of merchants able to exploit a flower so beautiful and easy to grow, the tulip has several problems with diseases and parasites. It is very afraid of snails, mice, and ground insects, which tend to ruin the petals and leaves of the plant. As for the disease side, the battle against fungi and molds, which ruin or even kill the plant, is particularly difficult. Common insecticides can be used to fight parasites, while for country mice there are special traps, as for snails they stop with snails. Diseases, on the other hand, must simply be prevented, first of all to fight the stagnation of water, while later it is possible to effectively intervene through anti-fungus and anti-mold agents, very useful to prevent the onset of such problems and to keep the plant perfectly intact. Prevention should be intensified during the flowering period, carrying out a small check every week to ensure that everything is going well.


Purchase advice

When you go to buy a tulip plant you have to follow some tips, which do not differ much from others already given for other flowers. The seedling must have some flowers in bloom, but others about to bloom, this is a symptom of a healthy plant ready to bloom and not too "old", and also allows you to know what variety of tulip you buy and what color they are. flowers. Equally important is to concentrate on the soil, if this is moist enough (but watch out, not too much) then it means that in the garden shop they have taken good care of the plant and have not abandoned it on a shelf. Conversely, overflowing plants or plants with dry soil may have been poorly cared for, and may even die after just a couple of weeks after purchase despite your care.


Species

There are many tulip species, also because we are talking about a very cultivated plant, even in greenhouses, and therefore particularly subject to the birth of hybrids and laboratory varieties. In any case, among the many varieties we point out, as we always do, some of the most famous and used in gardens, flower beds and terraces. The most famous are absolutely the Breeders, known for their very large flowers and a wide variety of colors; followed by the Sfrangiati, which have characteristic petals with frayed edges and are the longest-lived; the Rembrandts, on the other hand, have flowers with an uneven color and create exceptional shades, they are of great visual impact; the Duke of Tholl, finally, are the simplest ones, have a single color, are resistant, and have robust stems developed in height but still rather short.


Curiosity

Tulip bouquets are very beautiful and therefore very useful on different occasions and anniversaries. If you want to create a beautiful bouquet of cut flowers, the advice is to take, in the early morning, those that have not yet fully blossomed, because they will last much longer. The name from which the name tulip originates is very curious. Tulipano comes from the Greek, Turban, which means turban. In ancient Greece this flower was so called because it closely resembled the shape of a turban.


Tulips: Music and tulips

Memories are often associated with particular landscapes, colors, scents, images that are fixed in the memory thanks to the particular sensations that are felt in those precise moments of our life. In music, in the texts written by musicians from all over the world, the name of some flower often recurs, of its particular perfume capable of recreating the charm of that moment as if by magic. And so, even the tulips were the undisputed protagonists of some songs. "The tuli, tuli, tuli, tulipan speak of love ...". This is how the female vocal group Trio Lescano sang, a group now forgotten perhaps but which has made the Italian people sing for years. Flowers are able to recreate magical moments, they make us smile, dream, perhaps sometimes they trigger a bit of nostalgic melancholy about the past, but, nevertheless, they are pleasant emotions in which a slight smile of happiness cannot fail to be born on the lips.



All the tips for growing tulips in pots and in the garden

National symbol of Holland, the tulip (Tulipa) is a flower belonging to the Liliaceae genus. From the mountains of Pamir, Hindu Kush and Tien Shan, in Asia, the tulip arrived in Europe in 1554, thanks to the Flemish ambassador Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq who sent some bulbs to Carolus Clusius, botancio and manager of the Dutch royal gardens.

The latter takes the opportunity to develop and cultivate different varieties of tulips and from there, a few decades later, in Holland an abundant cultivation of tulips took place throughout the territory. If, on the other hand, you are wondering what the origin of the name of this flower is, this must always be sought in Turkey, where the name Tullband it means "headgear", "turban", and resembles this beautiful flower in shape. The tulip it is a flower that can be grown in the garden, as well as in pots. Just follow these few rules relating to the depth and distance at which to plant them, the amount of water to give and the position preferably in partial shade.


Tulips, how to grow them at home

THE tulips are the flowers symbol of spring and love. Colorful and cheerful, they bring back a smile and a good mood. But how and when should the bulbs be planted? How often should they be watered and how should they be fertilized? Here are some secrets about how i tulips to always have them beautiful and make them last a long time.

Tulips: how and when to plant bulbs
The ideal time to plant tulip bulbs is before the big frosts arrive. The perfect period is therefore from October to the end of November and, if the temperatures allow it, even in the first days of December. The cold of the following months will help them grow for spring flowering.
You can plant them in a flower bed or in a pot on the balcony, the important thing is that you choose a sunny place, preferably outside, in the garden or on the terrace.
Bury them twice as deep as their length (about 8 centimeters) and at a distance of 10 centimeters from each other, with the tip facing the sky in a soil that is not too humid.

After they have faded don't throw away the bulbs, but keep them, if you do it correctly they will give you more beautiful flowers next season. Read how to do it HERE >>

If you want a vase always in bloom? Plant the bulbs in layers and you will always have beautiful colorful and fragrant flowers in the house. Follow the procedure HERE >>

Tulips: how much to water them
Before flowering, tulip bulbs need to be watered every three to four days. If you have planted them in the garden, however, they do not need water, because the rain that falls in winter is enough. In spring, during flowering, they need to be watered more often, every two or three days.

Tulips: when to fertilize them
To give some nourishment to the tulips that are growing, it is good to put a little fertilizer or compost that you have produced at home in the ground. Put clay balls in the ground to promote drainage and avoid water stagnation.

Do you know what the trick is for healthy and strong tulips that last a long time? Parsley: this explains why >>


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Tulips, cherry trees, apple trees: we are closed in the house and look at the spring blooms with renewed wonder, from the balconies, from the terraces, from the garden for the lucky ones who have it. In the bad period that the whole world is experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic, in an uncertain time that forces us into the house and prevents us from planning short-term holidays, trips out of town at Easter and spring bridges, if not until the summer. certainty comes to us from nature. Flowers, flowers everywhere. It is spring, despite everything.

We see them sprouting from window sills, in bowls and vases on balconies and terraces, blooming at the foot of trees in parks to form splendid cut bouquets. Tulips keep intact the charm that made them a commodity traded for its weight in gold in the years of 17th century European Tulipomania, when there were those who, madly, abandoned everything, including businesses and homes, for a bag of bulbs of Tulipa with dizzying prices. Nowadays, prices are back to normal, but their beauty remains intact. It is difficult to resist the cupped corollas that sway in the wind on the long stems. It is enough to plant the bulbs in autumn in loose soil enriched with leaf soil, and in spring - Houzz tells us, in the spring gardens section - the green leaves will begin to emerge, rolled over each other in the center, from which it will then develop. the flower.

Flowering apple trees
In spring we see them dotting gardens, vegetable gardens, parks and wild fields with their white, pink or red flowers they carry clusters of lit meline like light bulbs in late summer and yellow and bronze leaves in autumn are the flowering apple trees, beautiful all year round . Some varieties keep the colored fruits on the plant throughout the winter, making the birds happy, sometimes the fruits are also useful for jellies and jams.Generous in the blooms and easy to grow, the apple trees like the sun, the partial shade in the regions more southerly the soil must be cool, moderately moist and fertile, no matter whether it is calcareous or acidic. They do not require pruning, just remove the dry or malformed branches. Among the most interesting varieties for the garden or terrace, Malus' Red Sentinel ', with white flowers and bright red meline that persist on the plant until the end of winter M.' Golden Hornet ', with white flowers and golden yellow fruits M.' Evereste ', with red buds and white petals, bears yellow-orange fruit.

The poetry of the cherry trees
The white and pink clouds of the flowering cherry trees are inevitable, with branches covered with bunches of flowers surrounded by bronze leaves, which fade into green with the passing of the days. Majestic and at the same time light, they recall the depictions of the hanami, the Japanese custom of admiring the blossoming of sakura - cherry trees - setting up picnics under the flowering trees. Even a single potted specimen is a sight, even in autumn when the leaves are tinged with gold and orange.


The Garden of Lù program:

Let's say immediately that the admission is free and that the formula provides that you can walk freely around the garden and collect tulips to take home, to a low cost (we are awaiting confirmation of the price, two years ago it was 1 euro per tulip harvest). In this case, however, the proceeds are donated to the ovarian cancer research.

The Invisible Manu Mural:

Not only that, from this year, the external wall of the first house at the entrance to Pimentel, houses a mural of Invisible Manu dedicated to the Garden of Lù and its message of love and hope against an evil that kills.

From Saturday 13 March 2021:

Opening time:

  • Everyday: from 10.00 to 17.00.

How much is admission?

L'admission is free. You only pay for the tulip harvest, the proceeds will go to charity.

Reservations:

Reservations are not required but are very welcome, especially to help the organizers manage the garden safely. So book your visit to the Garden of Lu, collect tulips to support life and against ovarian cancer:

  • 340 2494517
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The same channels are also valid for having more information and updates!

Where is it and how to get to Giardino di Lù:

The garden did not enjoy the hype of other events despite the importance of its message. We had to work hard to understand where it is, but in the end we succeeded. The field is located in Pimentel in the locality "Is Bagantinus“, about 200 meters from the town, here is the map:

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How to plant tulips

As mentioned, the ideal period for planting tulips is in autumn while flowering will arrive in early spring. The soil must be well drained: in the case of a tulip in a pot, you can buy ready-made soil in the case of a flower bed, the soil will be adapted to the flower.

Dig a hole of about 10 cm and bury the bulbs with the tip facing upwards. The distance between one tulip and the other should be about 12 cm. Cover with soil and, in case of dry soil, wet slightly.


Tulips everywhere

At the Keukenhof you will feel like you are sailing in a sea of ​​flowers. Here you can contemplate millions of tulips and other flowers, distributed in different gardens and pavilions. Each year the park is set up according to a particular theme, so the Keukenhof always offers new scenarios. It is an absolutely unique park in the world that annually attracts more than a million visitors.

Attention: the tulips bloom from mid-March to mid-May, so the park is only open during this time of the year.


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