People often think of Holland as the birthplace of tulips. While it has become one of the world’s great sources of bulb production, tulips actually came to Holland from Turkey. Even before they wound up in Turkey, they traveled from the area that is now Iran, through the Himalayan foothills, and finally to Constantinople. An ambassador to Emperor Ferdinand I brought the bulbs to Europe.
Important Information About Tulips
Weary from winter, most people are anxious to see spring arrive, and the surest sign of that is the appearance of tulips, just emerging from the ground. If you’re hoping to get the most out of a tulip display, you should have planted them in the fall.
The reason for planting tulips in fall is that they need that cold winter weather to jump start the growth cycle, but to do that successfully, they also have to have a good root system. Fall planting helps them set roots before the first hard freeze stops everything from growing.
When you plant tulip bulbs, they need to go deep into the soil. Dig a hole that is at least 8 inches deep for each bulb. Larger bulbs will need more depth, and smaller bulbs don’t need as much depth. Always make sure the soil is well loosened. Breaking up the soil lets air circulate, and that helps with drainage. Tulips only grow successfully in soil that drains well.
You can make sure your soil does drain well by adding a lot of organic matter. Compost, shredded pine bark, well-rotted leaf mold and other organic substances work well to improve soil quality and overall drainage. You can also add coarse sand.
When you choose a place to plant tulip bulbs, make sure it gets plenty of sun. Tulips do best in full sun. The sun also helps dry faster from heavy rains. After planting your bulbs, water and fertilize them using a water-soluble all-purpose bulb fertilizer. Start fertilizing again in spring once the bulbs sprout. Be sure to add organic material to your planting bed at least once a year. If you have a compost heap, your own compost is the best organic stuff you can find.
Until tulips emerge from the ground and start blooming, you can bring a taste of spring into your home, or share that feeling with someone special with the Spring Palette bouquet from Nanz and Kraft Florist.
If you want to make sure that they have that all-year floral joy, go for the Nanz and Kraft Florist Flowers for a Year. This option lets you choose one of three arrangement types for the monthly arrangement your recipient will get. Since tulips are available year round, you are sure to get tulips as one of your monthly seasonal bouquets!