Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tulip Bulbs

Zones: 3 to 10

Tulips are one of the favorite flowers in a Spring garden. There are a wide variety of colors, heights and forms. They grow from 1 foot to 2 1/2 feet tall, and can be 5 to 8 inches wide. Plant them deep, about 5-8 inches down (the largest bulbs go the deepest). They like partial to full sun. Some popular Tulips are Darwin and a striped kind called Rembrants. Tulips come in purple, red, white, yellow and many colors in-between. There are dwarf varieties too. You can grow Tulips in garden beds and they look really good in containers too. There are early Spring, mid-Spring and late Spring Tulips, so you can plant a little of each to have blooms all season! Botanical Tulips (wild) are low growing and sometimes look like Crocus. In warm areas Tulips are treated like Annuals, and new ones replanted every year. In colder climates they will grow year after year. Some types of Tulips multiply, but most produce one flower on a tall stem. Tulips have a wonderful shapes, some are rounded like a cup. Gophers and mice sometimes try to eat the bulbs. Aphids can be a pest also. Tulips open their petals wide during sunny days.