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Plant of the month- Tulips

March 2024


Tulips, tulips, tulips!


tulips
Bouquet of Tulips

Tulips are beautiful early spring bulbs! Often planted in the fall, before the ground freezes here in Minnesota. As we begin to thaw in the early spring months (or sometimes April/May) they emerge, showing us their beautiful colors.


red, pink, orange, and purple tulips
Colorful tulips

Sun-

Tulips prefer full sun for optimum growth. When tulips receive the right amount of sunlight, they grow larger and have the best display of flowers.

Watering-

Tulip flowers don't need much water. Just water them very well when planting and you won't have to worry about them until the spring. Once the leaves appear in the spring, start watering again, as the plant needs it.


Temperature-

The temperature is very important when it comes to growing tulips. We plant the tulips in the fall to emerge in the spring. The cooler spring temps help create a sturdier stem, which helps properly support the flowers.



Trimming & Storing-

The tulips foliage should die back 4-6 weeks after blooming. At this time, you can cut back the dead foliage and dig up the bulbs. Give them a good rinse and let dry. You can store these for planting in the fall.

Storing the bulbs is optional, however to get prime blooms every year, I'd recommend it.


Uses-

Tulips make beautiful cut flower bouquets! Harvest them for yourself, or gift them to a loved one or friend.


Harvested tulips
Harvested tulips

Fun fact-

Holland is still the largest tulip producer to this day!


Tulip fields
Tulip fields

Happy planting:)

-Megan

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