Tulips represent a genus of about 150 species. These hardy flowers grow from bulbs and generally bloom in March and early April, although, with so many species, a tulip may bloom all summer. One flower grows on one stem with anywhere from two to six waxy, strap-shaped leaves. The flower sits on top of a stiff, upright stem and grows straight up. The blossom forms a cup of six petals that interlock into each other.

Tulip bulbs must be planted before freezing weather so that they have a period of time to be dormant between blooms. Plant the bulbs four to eight inches deep in well-drained soil. Be careful not to overwater your tulips, and it?s a good idea not to water until the tulip has roots. These blooms are easily susceptible to rot.

Tulips are fascinating as cut flowers. Tulips dance in a vase, making them less than ideal in a carefully arranged bouquet but fabulous in something more organic. The flowers open during the day and shut up before nightfall. Tulips keep growing after they are cut, which provides for the movement. In addition, Tulips will turn their faces toward the light.

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