Names of flowers: A = Tulip

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Container Garden Recipes: A = Tulip

Container Garden Recipes: A = Tulip

Names of flowers: A = Tulip

Three terracotta containers full of warm yellow and orange tulips are all that is needed to brighten up the garden during spring months.

The right time to get tulips planted either on the ground or containers is the fall.

Tulips come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Some bloom during early spring, others bloom later in the season. Late spring bloomers are showier, but they are less likely to come back year after year.

Late spring varieties such as Darwin Hybrid, Emperor and Triumph tulips have a better chance of "perennializing", thus returning the next year.

Remember: they all need to be left in place until the foliage dies down, to allow them to replenish and give them a better chance of emerging and blooming the next season.

To plant tulips in a container, make sure the drainage is excellent, add a layer of potting mix, sprinkle some granular all purpose fertilizer, a layer of coarse sand, then place the bulbs pointy side up on the sand layer.

Cover the bulbs with potting mix. Plant them about six inches deep.

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