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Tulips Species Tulip batalinii Bright Gem
- Time for planting
batalinii Bright Gem is a supremely robust Species Tulip with correct planting you should expect a year on year return even multiply and naturalising in your garden. It's famed for its light yellow flowers and later than usual flowering time for a Species variety.
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.