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Tulips Early Single Tulip Candy Prince
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Early Single Tulips as a form of tulip are one of the earliest. Derived from Tulipa gesneriana and Tulipa suaveolens most of the varieties will grow between 30 and 40 cm/ 12 and 15 inches in height with Candy Prince fitting this description at 40cm. Flowering in April these tulips are valuable for bedding and for windswept gardens due to their low habit. They are also in demand for forcing with Candy Prince marked for forcing in the last week of January. Its egg shaped head is coloured a pale lilac and is a favourite as part of the aptly named Prince Collection along with Purple Prince and Sunny Prince.
Tulips will thrive in almost any type of soil where there is reasonable drainage. During the growing season they like plenty of moisture but the roots must not stand in water. Be careful not to feed tulips during the growing season as this will produce 'leggy' plants. Plant from October until late December 4 inches deep and approximately 5 to 6 inches apart.
Tulip failures are mostly due to damage by slugs and snails. Apply a slug repellant immediately after planting and repeat at monthly intervals until the plants stand well above the ground.
Note: If you are using one of the many available bulb planters be sure that the soil in the whole planting area is well worked to prevent any sitting water at the bottom of the hole made by the planter.
For indoor culture the best time to pot is September or October in fresh soil or loam mixed with sand or leaf mould. Do not use old potting material. Place the pots in a cool spot in the garden and cover with 15cm of clean soil, leave until top growth has attained 8-10cm. Transfer indoors and keep in the dark in a temperature not exceeding 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In a fortnight they made be removed to the light and the temperature slightly raised.