How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Tulip—Tulipa spp.
Family Liliaceae (Lily family)

Plant Identification

Tulips are perennial plants that grow from bulbs. Bulbs are typically planted in the fall. Tulips vary in size and form. Some are large and are used in beds or around shrubs. Others are shorter and often planted in rock gardens, pathways, or patios. Flowers bloom in early to late spring. They may be oval or star-shaped and may have pointed, rounded, or fringed edges. Colors are very bright and include red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink, or blends of colors sometimes with distinct markings.

Optimum conditions for growth

Tulips do best in areas with full sun during the blooming period. In hot areas, they require part shade after bloom is over. Tulips prefer rich, sandy soil, but they will do well in any soil as long as it drains fast. They should be planted in fresh soil. Chilling the bulbs 4 to 6 weeks prior to planting will ensure a better bloom. Regular water is required during the growing and blooming period.

Tulip blossoms
Tulip blossoms

Pests and disorders of Tulipa spp.



Environmental disorders



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