Life in a big city can be overwhelming. At the end of a busy day, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a comfortable and uplifting place – and there’s no place like home. Having some well-placed greenery in your house can give the needed sense of relaxation and create a restful ambiance. A great option is to plant flowers in pots, such as tulips. Tulips are beautiful flowers that can be found in several species, shapes and colours. “How to care for tulips in a vase?” you might be asking yourself. Don’t worry! In this article, we’ll teach you the best way to plant and look after these gorgeous flowers.
How to care for tulips in a vase? Surprisingly, tulips need less care than most flowers. Unwrap the flowers and cut approximately 2cm off the stem ends. Place the tulips in cool, clear fresh water, making sure excess or damaged leaves are not submerged is important. No cut flower food is required. Display in a cool room away from heat sources.
How and when to plant tulips? The best time to plant tulips in pots is autumn, so September and October are the best months. The tip or point of the bulb should point up with the flat part of the bulb pointing down.
The tulip bulbs should be planted in a well-drained soil, about 10 cm (3.5 inches) beneath the surface. Plant bulbs about 20cm (6 inches) apart.
For best flowers choose a bright spot in the garden, work the soil adding some slow release fertiliser and a little sharp sand.
What tulips need to survive? Well drained soil, and some sunshine.
When do tulips stop flowering? This can vary. Usually, tulips take approximately 14 weeks to flower, depending on variety and time of planting. The earlier the bulbs are planted, the earlier the flowers will appear and, of course, cease.
Do tulips like acidic soil? Except for wet, heavy loamy soils, tulips will grow in most soil types but prefer a well-drained sandy soil. Use a bone meal fertiliser for bigger and more vibrant blooms.
How to replant tulips? If you want to transplant tulips to a different location, the best advice would be to lift the bulbs after they have begun to die back. Clean off excess soils, dry off the bulb and wrap it in newspaper or dry wood shavings till the next autumn, when they can be planted again.
Tulips: how to grow indoors? Plant the tulips in a nice, big pot, with lots of drainages. Use a well-drained compost with added sharp sand and a little-pelleted fertiliser. Planting can start from September right through to Christmas. Keep planter in a warm room to germinate and as soon as they break the soil, transfer to a cooler location.
How much sunlight and water? Tulips, as most indoor potted flowers, would prefer indirect sunlight. With regard to water, don’t overdo it, let the soil almost dry out between watering.
Are tulips poisonous for dogs, cats, and children? Tulip bulbs are toxic to cats and dogs if ingested in large quantities. Curiously, they are edible for humans, but the dish needs quite a lot of preparation.
Is there a meaning for every tulip colours as there is for roses? When one digs deep into the past, there are a great many meanings behind flowers. In general, the strongest meaning for the tulip and in particular the yellow tulip would be the expression of joy and happiness.
Tulips fact – When we think of tulips we usually think of Holland, but it’s worth noting that the tulips origins lie in Turkey and was only introduced to the Netherlands around 1560.