Question: tulips

hello, how and where should the flowers be cut


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Answer: tulips

Dear Roberto,

tulip bulbs produce some large broad leaves, and thin, fleshy, round-section stems, which bear the large colored flower at the apex; to cut the flowers from the bulb try to prune at the base of the stem that carries them, obviously using a very well sharpened, clean shear that produces a nice clean cut, without damaging or fraying the stem. Avoid going too low, and thus also ruining the base of the leaves; if by chance the cut is made too high, thus leaving a stump of the floral stem, nothing bad happens: the stem will simply dry up within a few days. I remind you that, after removing the flowers, or after they have wilted, the leaves will be grown until they naturally wither, watering them when the soil is dry, and providing fertilizer every 10 days, using a fertilizer for flowering plants. Bulbous plants store nutrients in the underground organs that they will then use for flowering the following year. The nutrients are sugars, in the form of starches, which the plant produces through chlorophyll photosynthesis, which is carried out by the green parts of the plant, and therefore basically by the leaves. Therefore, if we want a rich flowering from our bulbous plants, this year we will have to cultivate the leaves very well, so that they develop at their best and can photosynthesize many starches, which will be stored for the next flowering. If, on the other hand, immediately after flowering, we remove the leaves because we do not consider them decorative enough, the result will be that of depriving the bulb more and more, until arriving at scarce or absent blooms. If your bulbs are grown in pots, also remember to extract them from the ground in autumn, to remove any bulbils, space the bulbs well, and provide them with an excellent rich and soft soil; in this way you will guarantee to each single bulb a good portion of the space present in the pots. It often happens that the bulbs grown in pots, from year to year, tend to bloom less and less, because in addition to increasing in volume, they produce small bulbils, which as they grow take up space and obtain water and mineral salts in the same soil where they are. various mother-bulbs. In the long run, the pot will be full of bulbs, and with less and less soil available. By extirpating them in autumn we can divide the bulbils from the mother bulbs, and place them in other containers, or give them to the neighbor.

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Video: Trench Planting Tulip Bulbs and Daffodils in the Fall (October 2021).