February 17, 2009

Cat Lady No. 48...Garden Goddess

Cat Lady and Garden Goddess Sumi never gardens without her favorite pink hat and her faithful feline friend Suguru, who simply adores tulips.

Here are some tips for growing tulips from Gardener's Paradise:

  • If you are planting other bedding plants amongst tulips; it is a good idea to plant them before the bulbs, so as not to damage the bulbs with the trowel later.

  • Over crowded bulbs can also cause problems in your garden. If this occurs, dig up your tulips just before all the foliage has completely died down and divide by pulling smaller new bulbs from the base of the old bulb and replant them.

  • After flowering, it is ok to deadhead your tulips but always allow the leaves to die off naturally. If you are concerned about the appearance of the fading greens, try braiding the leaves.

  • Tulips make excellent cut flowers and usually last about a week in a vase. Don't forget to add a little sugar to your water to prolong the life of your bouquet.

  • Visit their website for more tips: www.gardeningtips.org/Tulip.shtml

    Thanks for visiting!

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