Perk up your Garden with Tulip Bulbs

Tulip BloomsTulip bulbs can give instant character to any garden. And whether you want to put bulbs in flower beds, or to go for a natural look by planting them in your lawn or meadow, you can use a tip or two when choosing and planting tulip bulbs.

Do you know where tulip bulbs came from?

Contrary to popular belief, tulip bulbs were not discovered in Europe. In fact, tulip bulbs were first discovered by Turkish explorers in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia around the 10th and 11th century A.D.

They then transported tulip bulbs to Persia where it became very popular in the Ottoman Empire. Tulip bulbs became so popular, in fact, that it became a symbol of protection and were often embroidered on the underclothing of Ottoman soldiers during the 14th century.

It was only suring the 16th century that Europe discovered its own tulip bulbs. A French botanist by the name of Carolus Clusius discovered the European tulip bulbs and created a garden devoted to them in the University of Netherlands, and documented 34 different groups of tulips bulbs.

Choosing a tulip bulb

Always see to it that the tulip bulbs you are buying are blemish-free. Squeeze it gently, a healthy tulip bulb is firm when squeezed. For online shoppers, Bloomingbulb.com offers tulip bulbs at wholesale prices, guaranteed to grow.

Storage is key to the health of a tulip bulb, so buy only those which were stored properly in the right temperature. One telltale sign of bad storage is too much mold. It is natural for the tulip bulb to have some slight traces of blue mold, but mold throughout can indicate the bulb has been stored incorrectly for a long time.

Also remember that except for a pale growth bud at the top, tulip bulbs should have little or no root or shoot growth at all. The advanced growth would indicate that storage temperatures were too warm.

Planting a tulip bulb

It is best to plant the tulip bulbs quickly so that they don't lose health. If you cannot plant them quickly, keep them in the mesh they came with and store them either in a cool and dark place or the refrigerator.

One you are ready to plant, choose a sunny spot in your garden for your tulip bulbs. Make sure your soil is loamy before planting tulip bulbs, because they good drainage. Add organic matter to your soil, because this does not only help with soil nutrition but also with water retention and drainage. Plant tulip bulbs about 6 inches deep.

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