How to Take Care of Tulips

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Tulips are one of the first flowers to shoot up in the spring and one of the most loveliest. Tulips come in all sorts of brilliant colors and are quite easy to take care of. A little TLC for your tulips will keep them coming back year after year. Read on to learn how to take care of tulips.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Animal repellent
  • Just as your tulip leaves are beginning to poke out of the soil in the spring is a great time to fertilize them. Slightly loosen the soil around the foliage and sprinkle your fertilizer around the plant. Do not fertilize your tulips repeatedly, once in the spring is enough for them.

  • Protect your tulips from animals. Rabbits, gophers, deer and other little critters love to munch on the fresh green plants. Spray your tulips with an animal repellent spray or build a barrier around them to keep the snackers away from your beauties.

  • Tulips enjoy plenty of water. Spring rains usually take good care of the moisture requirements your tulips have. If you are having a particularly dry spring you might want to occasionally give them a sprinkle.

  • When your blooms begin to whither, cut the flowered stems from the plant. Leave the foliage in place so that it can continue to nourish the bulb during the warm season. At the end of the season you can trim the tulip leaves level with the earth using garden shears.

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