Pink tulips add a soft, elegant charm to your landscaped yard with their pink satin petals and long green foliage. Also known as the peerless tulip, pink tulips can be planted along a sidewalk border or in the middle of a flower garden as the focal point. Growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 10, tulips need fertile and slightly acid, well-drained soil and full sun with shade in the afternoons. Once they have blossomed in the spring, pink tulips are easy to care for.
- Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need
- Pruning shears
- Spread a layer of composted mulch such as fine tree bark to provide nutrients, suggests the National Gardening Association.
- Water in the spring when the foliage begins to grow from the bulb before the tulips bloom. Water 1 inch a week with a soaker hose watering to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Continue watering the pink tulips in dry spells in the fall if you decide to leave your tulip bulbs in the ground.
- Fertilize with five tablespoons of 10-10-10 water-soluble fertilizer once the shoots begin to grow from the bulb in the spring. Sprinkle around the tulip bed and water deeply. Fertilize again in four weeks. Cease fertilizing once the tulips have begun to bloom, or bulb rot could result.
- Prune the pink tulip flower stalks once the tulips have completed blooming. Deadhead the blooms that have died. Leave the leaves intact to add foliage to your garden. Let them die on their own. Remove the dead foliage to ward off diseases and pests.