Spring Flowers: Tulips

Every year, countless people love and enjoy the springtime beauty of the tulip. This seasonal favorite is truly a high water mark of spring, with hundreds of these plants being farmed and grown across the globe. Technically a form of lily, the tulip is a bulb plant with some 75 species. The flower is typically bright and showy, often white, red, or yellow. Hybridized versions of the plant yield flowers with differing colors and patterns. The plant was first cultivated in Persia, centuries ago. It was introduced to the United States in the 1800's, growing near Lynn and Salem, MA.

How to Grow and Care for Tulips

First, the bulbs are planted in the autumn, before the ground freezes. Some varieties of tulip are good for blooming indoors as well. Plant in the ground a month and a half to two months before the first hard freeze, with the soil below 60 degrees farenheit. Choose a region of soil with full or afternoon sunlight. Plant four to six inches apart, eight inches deep. Water the bulbs weekly until the ground freezes. Keep the soil's drainage good to prevent excess moisture, which can be bad for the plants.

With these simple tips, you can easily grow your own tulips to enjoy every spring! And come by the Black Opal for all spring flowers

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