A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 5 – Tulips

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“Single Red on the Peace House” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

After consulting with my legal team (3 cats)… I have been advised that in an attempt to not offend anyone… I should avoid using any terms for this season that could possibly offend someone… So I am simply calling today Family Day… Because we have many religions to choose from… And we have just as many beliefs… But we only get one family… So get along with them at least one day out of the year…

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“Pink Double – Perpetual” – Spring 2013 – Center Street – Wilkinsburg, PA

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs… They come in many shapes, colors, and sizes… Except true blue… Tulips come from mountainous regions with temperate climates… They require a period of cool dormancy called vernalization… Growers in warm climates need not despair… Bulbs can be dug up and refrigerated to simulate winter conditions…

Tulip bulbs are typically planted around late summer, through fall, all the way up until the soil is frozen solid… Recommended planting depth is 4 – 6″ deep… I prefer 8 – 12″ to deter squirrels and allow me more than enough room to drop a spade in and plant right overtop of them…

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“Almost Black” – Spring 2013 – Rebecca Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Tulips are propagated through bulb offsets, seeds, or micropropagation… Collecting the offsets is a form of asexual propagation that creates a genetic clones of the parent plant… Seed grown plants show greater genetic variation due to the mix of genes from pollination…

Growing tulips from offsets is simple… Dig up the clump and remove the small bulbs from around the main bulb… Replant a few small bulbs with the original… The small bulbs should then be planted and the flower cut off the first year… This refocuses the energy on the bulb and next years flower allowing it to become big and strong… Seed grown plants can require five to eight years of growth and flower removal to become large…

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“Backyard Offsets” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Tulips were considered a valuable luxury in Europe, so a profusion af varieties were created.. They were classified into groups: single-hued, multicolored, and bizarre… The multicolored effects of intricate lines and flame-like streaks made these bulbs highly sought-after… It is now known that this effect is due to the bulbs being infected with a tulip-specific mosaic virus, known as the “Tulip breaking virus”, so-called because it breaks the plants lock on a single color of petal…

Tulips have been captivating people for hundred of years, tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age when the price of tulips reached ridiculously high numbers and then suddenly collapsed. The tulip has in fact, turned kings into paupers…

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Parts of the tulip are actually edible, and people do eat them… The petals are definitely edible… Apparently they range in taste from a mild bean-like taste to no taste at all… There are conflicting reports on the edibility of the bulbs, some people say they are poisonous, and other people say they are safe…

During World War 2, people in Holland were forced to eat tulip bulbs and it doesn’t sound like they were very good… Apparently tasting like wet saw dust. Some of the more modern reports seem to agree that the taste has not improved… I have no intention of finding out…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

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One thought on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 5 – Tulips

  1. narf77 says:

    I will take your word for it on the tulip bulb taste and am wondering why you would grow tulips to eat their lovely flowers if the best flavour you can get it “beany” ;). I think I will stick with beans for food and tulips for beauty 🙂

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