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Growing and caring for tulips in your garden

I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love a tulip. This jewel of the garden heralds the beginning of spring as brilliantly as the daffodil. The Farmer’s Almanac at almanac.com provides some important tips for growing and caring for this lovely flower.
Planting tulips:
“Bulbs are planted in the autumn before the ground freezes,” recommends the Almanac. “By planting varieties with different bloom times, you can have tulips blooming from early to late spring. Some types are good for forcing into bloom indoors. Most are excellent for cut flowers, too.” Tulips are a perennial but after centuries of hybridizing the bulb’s ability to replenish each year has depleted. Thus many gardeners regard tulips as annuals, planting new bulbs every autumn. “Plant tulip bulbs in the fall, 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected, and when soils are below 60 degrees F,” Almanac.com instructs. “This is usually during September and October in the north, and October and November in the south. In southern climates with mild winters, you need to buy pre-chilled bulbs or chill them yourself in the refrigerator for about 12 weeks before planting.” When choosing a good location to plant remember that tulips prefer a site with full or afternoon sun. Soil should be “well-draining, neutral to slightly acidic, fertile, and dry or sandy.” Loosen the soil down to 12 to 15 inches, and mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart. “Plant bulbs deep, at least 8 inches, measuring from the base of the bulb,” the experts at the Almanac advise. “And that means digging even deeper, to loosen the soil and allow for drainage, or creating raised beds. Remember, the bigger the bulb, the deeper the hole it needs.” Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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