Members of the Tulipa genus are hardy bulbs that range in height from 10 to 60 cm (4 to 24 inches).
Given their popularity, it is probably easiest to describe flowers of the Tulipa genus to be Tulip shaped. Tulipa flowers tend to resemble layered upturn bells, and are carried on long stems.
The common name for members of the Tulipa genus is the Tulip.
When do tulips bloom?
Tulips usually bloom in the spring.
Tulips by Kıvanç Niş ; Creative Commons.
What do tulips mean?
Tulips have several meanings and symbolisms, they are generally associated with love, fame, and enchantment. Thus, some of the main Tulip meanings are a 'declaration of love', 'Perfect lover', 'Beautiful eyes', 'Undying love' (Red Tulip), and Hopeless love (Yellow Tulip).
Tulipa 'Monte Flame' by Col & Tasha.
Tulips (Tulipa) can be grown from either seed or bulbs; however you will get much faster results if you use bulbs.
Learning how to grow tulips? Well, when growing tulip, the bulbs should be planted at a depth of about 10 cm / 4 inches (or a little deeper in hot areas) in the autumn. Locate in either a sunny or partially shaded area.
When planting tulip bulbs, dig a hole deeper then required, and put some manure in it. Next, add a 1 cm (2/5th inch) thick layer of soil, and then place the bulb on it> Finally, bury the bulb with top soil that contains bone meal.
Ideally space tulips at 15 to 25 cm (6 to 10 inches) apart (space dwarf tulip varieties at 10 cm / 4 inches). Grow them in a slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH 6 to 7).
When growing Tulipa plants indoors from seeds, sow at a depth of about 3 mm (1/8th inch) into flats in the spring.
The flat should then be covered in a plastic bin bag and placed in the fridge for three weeks. Remove the flat and sink into a shady part of the garden under glass, and keep the soil moist. Transplant tulip seedlings as soon as they look strong enough.
Although it should take tulip seeds from one top three months to germinate, it may take as long as six years before they bear flowers.
Triple Red Tulipa by Quapan.
When taking care of tulips, it is important that you give the tulip bulbs a good watering in when you first plant them. After that you only need to water during prolonged dry periods.
Every spring apply a light fertilizer. At the end of the flowering season, cut back dead leaves to tidy the plants up.
The following video provides advice on planting tulips in pots
How to grow tulips in the garden
Common Names: Tulip
Life Cycle: Hardy bulb.
Height: 4 to 28 inches (10 to 72 cm).
Native: Southern Europe. Asia. North Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 8.