Tulipa humilis 'Albocaerulea Oculata'

Gene Mirro mirrog@yahoo.com
Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:37:43 PDT
I had very heavy clay loam soil, which I amended with coarse sand.  Till the soil, pile 1.5" of sand on top, sprinkle dolomite lime and bone meal generously, and till it in.  Organic matter is also helpful.  I always form my soil into raised beds.  You can get improved soil nearly a foot deep that way.  The range of plants that will grow in sandy loam soil is amazing.  

Tulips do best in full sun.  No water in Summer.  A light sprinkling of 5-10-10 fertilizer or bone meal is very helpful in early Spring.  People say bone meal isn't good, but my bulbs love it.  Apply more lime every year.  

Here is a photo of a group of Colchicums in Fall of 2010.  I started out with about 6 bulbs in 2006.  

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