GROW­ING SPECIES TULIPS

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Species tulips are po­si­tioned in well-drained, sunny, open sites, with the ex­cep­tion of Tulipa spren­geri, which tol­er­ates some mois­ture and shade They are planted in a mix of one-third hor­ti­cul­tural grit to two-thirds loam-based John Innes No 3 If gar­den­ing on heavy, wet soils, bulbs planted in aquatic bas­kets are lifted in early sum­mer to store in a dry place On clay soils, the tulips can be grown in raised beds filled with spe­cially for­mu­lated soil and grit The bulbs are planted deep, at least three times the height of the bulb Plant­ing part­ners are cho­sen that will not over­shadow or swamp the tulips Bulbs are wa­tered with a low-ni­tro­gen fer­tiliser, such as tomato feed, from the first leaf shoot show­ing, usu­ally in late Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary or March de­pend­ing on species Un­less col­lect­ing the seed, seed­heads are not re­moved, as leav­ing them di­verts more en­ergy into the bulbs In case of losses, a few trea­sured species tulips can be stored in pots, as a wet sum­mer can kill them in wa­ter­logged beds

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