There is no doubt that tulips are one of the most beautiful flowers in the plant world. But within them there are many varieties of tulips. One of the most curious and with a peculiar shape is the China Pink tulip, do you know what it is like?
If you have never seen it but it catches your attention, then we will talk about it and clarify everything you should know.
How is the China Pink tulip
If you have never seen the China Pink tulip before, we already tell you that it will impress you. To begin with, you must say that its petals are pink (stronger or lighter, but pink is the main color).
The size of this plant is between 40 and 60 centimeterswith stems and leaves of a bright green color (sometimes darker) that stands out, and a lot, with the pink petals that their flowers have.
However, it is these flowers that will attract your attention the most, not because of the color, but because of the shape they have. These are thin and pointy in shape, that open outwards leaving the center of the flower in sight. We could say that it is similar to lilies, which is why it is so appreciated.
Flowering takes place in spring, specifically at the end of spring, and although it does not last long, it is enough to appreciate it in the garden.
At present, the China Pink tulip has the Award of Garden Merit, which is only granted to plants that are cheap, easy to care for, very decorative for the garden and quite resistant. So now you can get an idea that it won’t take much for you to learn how to care for this plant.
China Pink tulip care
After learning a little more about the China Pink tulip, How about we talk to you about care? As we have told you before, by having this award you can already get an idea that it is not difficult to grow. However, if you know the minimum needs it needs, it will be easier for you to adapt to your garden and, above all, to survive well.
And what are those? We tell you below.
location and temperature
Like any other tulip, the China Pink requires that you place it in an area with a lot of sun. Full sun. In this way, you will get it to flourish properly. If it does not get enough sun, you will see that its leaves become lighter, a symptom that it lacks chlorophyll. There must be at least 7 hours of direct sun.
Don’t be afraid of the temperature in full sun because they tolerate heat very well. In fact, also the cold. And more specifically, It is important that you have this variety in a climate where it is cold in winter and hot in summer. It is a way to keep the climate with the natural habitat of this plant.
Of course, one issue that you should deal with is the wind. We recommend that you put it in an area where it does not get too much damage because its petals are so delicate that if you plant it in a very windy area, it can break the petals or leave you without them on the flowers, thus their beauty vanishes.
The best soil for the China Pink tulip is undoubtedly one that is alkaline, and also has good drainage. That is why We recommend that you use coarse sand, clay soil, topsoil and some other drainage such as perlite. Make sure the soil’s pH is between 6 and 7.
Despite the fact that the soil of the China Pink tulip must be humid, the truth is that it does not need so much water as to think that you should be very aware of it. Sometimes it only needs one watering when you plant it and then sporadic watering during its flowering.
Of course, this will depend because it is not the same to be in a temperate climate where the soil is kept moist for one or two weeks than in a very hot and dry climate, where the soil can dry out in just 24 hours.
In the case of subscribers, since the bulbs are only from one season, in reality do not need fertilization. But if you want to do it you can use liquid fertilizer mixed in the irrigation water.
One of the care that you have to take into account the most is pruning. And it is that, to avoid that the nutrients and energy of the plant are consumed too much, we recommend that you prune the flowers when they are withered.
In this way you will ensure that the nutrients in the bulb are not used up as soon and that will help the flowering period to be longer, but also that the plant does not lose its vitality.
Plagues and diseases
While tulips are not typically plants that have to deal with them much, there are a few issues to be aware of. The most important are the following:
Petal blight: It is characterized by bacterial infection. What you will notice is that the flowers will break down for no obvious reason and that, in addition, the flowers will become mushy.
Lack of irrigation: you will notice that the leaves wither. If so, try to keep the soil moist as much as possible.
Brown spots: They are due to an infection. These spots appear on the leaves and flowers, but if they are not excessive it is better not to treat the plant.
When it comes to propagating the China Pink tulip, what you can do is let the pods dry and open on their own. Then, you have to cut flush with the ground to be able to collect the seeds.
Another option is to cut the children of the bulbs that will grow around the big one of the tulip. You will have to plant them and keep the soil moist. It will take a while for them to flower because they won’t be ready for 2-3 years.
Now you know everything about the China Pink tulip, so all you have to do is encourage yourself to have it in your garden. Remember that this only lasts one year, because it is recommended that, once the year is over, it be dug up and discarded. Do you have any questions about their care?