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How to Grow Tulips in Pots (Complete Information)

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How to Grow Tulips in Pots: Tips to grow and care for one of the most beautiful and colorful flowers of spring using pots or glass containers.

How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

One of the most beautiful and colorful flowers, the tulip is a bulbous plant native to Central Asia that blooms in spring. Its name comes from the Turkish word ” Durban “, which means “turban”, due to its similarity to the shape that the flower adopts when it is closed.

How to Grow Tulips in Pots (Complete Information)

It has more than 150 species of different colors and sizes and is used to decorate any space since it has the ability to grow both in water and on land. Therefore, an ideal option for those who do not have large spaces or a garden to plant them is to grow them in pots or glass containers. In addition, the tulip has the advantage of being one of the most resistant plants, so it will not require great care.

With the help of these practical tips, you can brighten up your home with the tones of these beautiful flowers that will welcome you to spring.

How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

The cultivation of tulips is simple since their bulbs contain enough nutrients, so they do not need excessive care. In regions with very cold winters, they are planted in the late fall and bloom in the middle of spring. In contrast, in warm regions are usually planted at the beginning of spring to bloom at the beginning of summer. Tulips can reach between 30 and 60 centimeters and its flowers take about three weeks to dry.

Among the most chosen species are Darwin, botanists or parrots. Its great variety means that it can be planted both in gardens and in indoor pots. Therefore, in principle, you must decide what type of tulip you want.

To Consider

First, we must select the right variety, because it will not do any good to follow the step by step if, for example, we buy a giant Dutch hybrid and a small pot. So, you know, choose tulips that do not exceed 35 centimeters high if you have containers of 30 centimeters and smaller if they do not exceed 25 centimeters in height. In any case, always ask the dependents of the nurseries you go to clear any kind of doubt.

Have we already selected our perfect tulip? Then we have to be proactive and buy the bulbs 3 months before growing them to keep them in a cool and shady place.

The pots, in addition to the height specified in the first point, they must have holes in their base to ensure good drainage. Standing water is one of the issues that can hurt our tulips the most, so please write this advice and do not forget it. Essential!

Before Planting

You can get the bulbs of this flower in any nursery. The larger they are, the larger the tulip will be.
Once you get them, you should incubate them for about 12 weeks in the refrigerator because they are from cold climates. This period of rest must be respected for all bulbs equally, regardless of the type of crop, on land or hydroponic (in water). 


How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

1) The pot you use should be large enough so that the tulips can be comfortably placed and have holes in their base to facilitate drainage. If you plant several in the same container, try to leave 5 cm between them.
2) Prepare the substrate with fertile soil.
3) Hollow where each bulb is located individually.
4) Plant the bulbs with roots down. The depth of planting should be 2 or 3 times higher than the height of the bulb.
5) Cover with the substrate.
6) Water.


How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

1) Instead of a pot, use a glass container. Take care that your mouth is wide enough so that the fourth lower part of the bulb is in contact with the water.
2) At the base, place some stones and, above, the bulbs.
3) Pour water into the container. Only the root zone has to be in contact with it and you should try to change it regularly.
4) Place a fist of extra stones around the bulbs. Make sure they are up and that the stones do not exceed half of your body.
5) Place the container in a place with sufficient ventilation and light.

The roots will be responsible for finding the path to reach the bottom water. After 2 or 3 weeks the bulbs will begin to break and you will see the stem grow


How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

1) Light. They must receive at least 4 hours of natural light. Tulips are very sensitive to heat and prefer places with little direct light; Choose a place with shade or half shade.
2) Irrigation You should water the bulbs abundantly once planted in the pot or in the glass containers. The irrigation they require is moderate and regular. Avoid excess water or dryness.
3) Temperature. Once flowered, the ideal temperature should be between 13 ° C and 18 ° C. In fresh environments the flowering will be preserved for longer.
4) Cold. Take care of your tulips from drafts or very dry environments.
5) In the case of using water containers, leave the bulb in a dark place for about a month and a half and then place it next to a window so that it receives natural light. 

Once the flower has withered, cut the main stem but not the leaves, in this way the bulb will be strengthened to reuse it. When the leaves also dry, keep it until next fall to re-plant it.


How to Grow Tulips in Pots
How to Grow Tulips in Pots

Tulips are an alternative to decorate the interior of your home, even if you have small spaces. In addition to the color of its flowers, its leaves will also bring beauty with its lanceolate forms. You can place them on wooden furniture, facing windows or in pots distributed in the environments to which you want to bring joy and color.

Also, if you choose to grow them in glass containers you will have a natural spectacle of the growth of their stems, bulbs, and roots.

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