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Video: About Replanting Bulbs, Or How To Avoid Tulip Degeneration
Tulip - a flower with a rich history
Many gardeners grow tulips on their plots, but not all of them dig them up annually, especially if they are also mixed together. This, combined with a lack of digging, can lead to the loss of interesting varieties.
Tulips with white, yellow, and pink color, lilac, fringed, etc. are not very resistant to unfavorable conditions, unlike varieties with a red flower color. And in conditions of strong competition, such varieties often drop out or stop blooming.
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And the hegemony of red tulips begins. Gardeners say: "My tulips have been reborn." They are wrong: there was no rebirth, just the place of delicate tulips was taken by more resistant varieties; in nature, stronger individuals win.
Bulbous plants have a tendency to burrow the bulbs annually. This is especially true for tulips. Their bulbs can go 50 or even 60 cm deep. In this case, it is difficult to get them out of the ground; when dug up, they often remain in the soil, clogging up the area. Let me remind you, first of all, that one large onion forms one replacement bulb and three children per year.
A year later, a whole nest of bulbs of different sizes is formed. Such a thickened arrangement of bulbs leads to a lack of nutrients, especially since gardeners do not always find time to feed tulips. As a result, large bulbs become smaller, and small ones are in no hurry to become large. And tulips from year to year begin to bloom worse and worse. And very often people are disappointed in these beautiful colors and completely stop doing them.
I myself dig the bulbs every year, store them in a dry place, plant them in a new place in the fall, and they delight me with their abundant flowering every year. Walking through the garden in the spring, I see how tulips grow and bloom in other neighboring areas, and often I see a not very impressive picture: undersized flower stalks, many non-flowering plants.
It is also necessary to dig up tulip bulbs every year in order to sort them by size during summer storage and plant large bulbs separately from small ones in autumn, then in spring the flowering of large tulips will be even, without empty spaces. Growing large and small bulbs together also leads to a deterioration in their flowering.
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It is impossible to set a date for digging up tulips. It all depends on the weather and the place of cultivation. Usually, bulbs begin to be dug up when the tulip foliage becomes lethargic, turns yellow and lies on the ground. If the foliage dries up completely, then the bulbs will be difficult to find, and when digging them up, they can be damaged.
Different varieties end their growing season at different times, so the dates of their digging will be different. After digging up, I dry the bulbs in a well-ventilated area, for example, in a barn. I lay them out in one layer, I do not separate the leaves from the bulbs, when they dry, the leaves give their nutrients to the bulbs.
While drying the bulbs, I periodically examine them, remove the diseased ones, remove the finally dried leaves, sort the bulbs by size. After 2-3 weeks, the dried bulbs can be packed into cardboard boxes and placed in a dry storage room. The room temperature should be around 20 ° C. The bulbs are not dried in the sun, as their scales may burst or they generally bake.
I wish you beautiful, flower-filled gardens!
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