Tulips are a delicate type of flower and must be handled with care to grow them properly. Once the tulip bulbs have been purchased, one must plant them within a short amount of time to ensure that the tulip bulbs do not begin to wilt. However, tulips must be planted in high-quality soil that is relatively dry. Damp soil promotes fungal growth, which can damage the tulip. A tulip should only be watered in the bulb stage to begin the growth process. After the initial watering has been completed, any extra moisture is discouraged for the growth of a healthy tulip.
Determining the right time to plant a tulip is challenging as it is imperative that they are not exposed to excessive moisture levels. A tulip should be planted in the dry seasons, such as fall or summer. Depending on one's location, the time to plant a tulip may vary. In areas where large amounts of rainfall during the seasons, it is wise to wait to plant a tulip. However, there are alternative methods to plant a tulip safely in a rainy season. An indoor garden is a viable option if one wishes to plant a tulip during a wet season.
It is imperative that one provides a compost pile for their tulips. Creating a composting pile for a tulip provides the plant with nutrients and allows the owner to have a use for excess organic goods within the household. Composting is essentially a fertilizer; it will enable a tulip to grow to a healthy and respectable size. However, to properly use a compost pile one must mix the compost into the soil. This will allow a tulip to absorb nutrients and flourish. A compost pile is a cheap and viable option to provide care for a tulip.
Protecting a tulip from dangers is also vital to ensure safe and healthy growth. Various pests will consume a tulip or damage it which discourages robust growth. To provide protection against pests, one must plant a tulip and a striking distance from another tulip and offer it with a small wire fence. This will deter slightly larger pests, such as mice and rats. However, more minor pests such as aphids and snails will still be able to penetrate the wire barrier. To prevent this, gently apply water to the infected areas of a tulip to remove the aphids.