Parrots were called tulips because they have wavy petals resembling feathers of various bright colors. Their flowering occurs in the second half of May. These are short-lived plants that bloom for about two weeks.
Tulips reach up to 80 cm in length, and buds - 8-10 cm. Despite the low growth, the bud is very magnificent and reaches up to 20 cm in diameter.
The first and most remarkable feature of parrot tulips is their appearance. Ripped petals will not let pass. In combination with an incredible color scheme, these flowers look dull and very elegant. An unusual appearance is the result of a genetic mutation. This species is derived from simple late tulips. As a result of molecular adjustment, these flowers need special care and conditions.
Any beautiful elegant creature, as a rule, is picky in the choice of "neighbors". These tulips are no exception.
Coloring parrot tulips is not limited to one or two colors. Many varieties are distinguished depending on color combinations. Consider the most popular outfits of the glorious "parrots."
- Rococo is a spectacular flower whose main color is red. It is combined with burgundy or purple. The name of the flower shouts of luxury and grandeur.
- Black, White, Blue Parrot - varieties of the Parrot variety. The name "parrot" is selected in accordance with the color of the bud. At Black Parrot, the petals are dark red, on the outside - dark purple, almost black. White Parrot has a white color with green spots. Blue Parrot has a purple-blue palette and a thick stem.
- Flaming Parrot - the base color of the petals is yellow in combination with red. This variety is distinguished by large buds and a voluminous flower pattern.
- Texas Gold is a combination of gold inside and green spray outside the petal, as well as a bright pink frame.
- Fantasy - delicate pink petals with a green spray in the middle.
- Estella Rijnveld - This variety has pronounced rugged fluffy white petals in combination with a red pattern.
- Weber`s Parrot - large plant buds are painted in a bright pink palette, turning into beige at the base.
- Texas Flame - the pattern resembles tongues of flame. Yellow petals with beautiful red stripes will not leave anyone indifferent. The only drawback of the variety is its fast fading.
How to plant?
Parrot tulips will become a wonderful decoration of the garden. Having decided on their purchase and landing, it is necessary to take into account certain rules of landing, choosing a place, time, and also know everything about leaving.
The process of growing a flower begins with buying a bulb. You need to be careful, take bulbs with a diameter of at least 5 cm, without damage and visible changes. It is they who will give bright, lush buds in the future.
Choosing a landing site is one of the most important tasks. The bed should be in the shade or partial shade. Direct sunlight is harmful to these plants. It is impossible to completely refuse sunlight. In this case, the flowers will grow weak, small and ugly curved. The landing area should be hidden from the wind. Tulip sprouts are weak, the stems of ripened flowers are also very fragile and can break under gusts of wind.
The soil for planting should be rich in humus. So it contains a lot of nutrients, and it is very prolific. Before planting, loosen the ground well. For greater fertility, one week before planting the bulbs, you can mix the soil with organic fertilizers.
To prevent decay and other diseases, you can treat the bulbs with a fungicidal solution. Handling should be done before planting.
It is better to plant bulbs in small groups of 5 pieces. Planting depth - 10-15 cm. Upon completion of the introduction of the bulb into the depths of the soil, it is worth covering a site with a handful of earth and lightly crush. The distance from one seating point to another is at least 20 cm. Mark each hole with a stick. After planting, moisten the soil, cover it with mulch. As mulch, tree leaves, straw, peat can be used. The thickness of the mulching is at least 5 cm. Since the stems of tulips are not very strong creatures, they may need help in the form of a home-made support.
Bulb planting time is late autumn, tentatively - the second half of November.
How to care?
Planting bulbs is not enough to grow beautiful healthy flowers. The rooting and flowering process requires constant monitoring and timely response. Bulbs spend in the soil all winter. The soil can quickly dry out, and then you need regular abundant irrigation. When the first petals appear, you need to "feed" the plants with a new portion of fertilizer. In spring, top dressing is required. It is carried out in 3 stages.
- After the snow melts . In this case, it is necessary to loosen and “feed” the soil with organic fertilizer - 50 g per 1 square meter.
- When the buds ripen After top dressing, loosen and water the earth.
- In the flowering period. Fertilize is recommended with potassium monophosphate solution.
As it fades, it is recommended to remove the faded flowers manually. And the leaves are left to dry on their own along with the stem. If a support was attached to the stems, it should be carefully removed.
This is how nutrients flow back to the bulb for the next good flowering.
In order for the next tulip crop to be as bright, beautiful, healthy, you need to dig bulbs every year. This is done in the summer, after the flower finally withers. Bulbs are taken out, thoroughly cleaned, inspected and heated for 2-3 days in the air.
Rotten, damaged - disposed of immediately. After that, the whole bulbs are finally cleaned, left in a warm place until August. Beginning in mid-August, bulbs are stored in a cool, dry place without sunlight. In this form, storage lasts until late autumn - the time of the next landing.
Parrot tulips are self-sufficient and temperamental plants. They do not tolerate the onion neighborhood. And they also don’t like it when flowers grow nearby that can compete with them in beauty and complexity of nursing. Tulips require single growth or simpler neighbors as a background and emphasize their individuality. Coniferous plants can become optimal neighbors. In addition to emphasizing the expressiveness of tulips, they will also become good protectors from bad weather conditions.
More modest and stunted plants that can claim close proximity with parrot tulips:
It is important to decide in advance which tulip variety is preferred for growing. Based on this, neighbors should be chosen not only for their simplicity and unpretentiousness, but also for color combination with the main inhabitants of the garden. You can combine 2 or 3 varieties without resorting to the help of other plants. At the same time, in May the garden will look like a rainbow.
Use in design
Parrot tulips are often used to decorate rooms and gardens. With their help, many flower ensembles are created. Professional landscape designers use these flowers to decorate gardens, territories of private houses, public buildings.
If you grow flowers yourself, then they can be cut and left in a vase. This design, albeit short-lived, will give the house brightness, lightness, summer mood. And some varieties will bring a pleasant floral aroma to the house.
As the basis of the flower arrangement, they will delight your beloved girl. You can give them for any reason - for a birthday, anniversary, anniversary, no reason.
See how to plant parrot tulips in the next video.