Have you ever heard of the Abu Hassan tulip? It is one of the orange-flowered tulips that will most attract your attention. But how is?
Below we will talk about the characteristics of this plant as well as the care it needs to be healthy and provide your garden with flowers the color of fire. You want to know more?
How is the tulip Abu Hassan
The Abu Hassan tulip can be translated as the “turban” tulip, because the flowers it throws look like a turban. However, this is not what most characterizes this plant, but the orange-red color, or reddish-orange, which makes us think of a fire or a fire. This one in your garden makes it one of the most striking you can plant.
The size of the plant is between 30 and 50 centimeters, although it is normal for it to be about 45 cm maximum. Regarding the stem, it is bluish-green, while the leaves are bright green and the flower is intense red with orange on the edge (although it can also change to a yellow hue). What is clear is that it simulates a flame, hence many use it as a symbol of a love that blossoms and continues to burn for the other person.
Abu Hassan tulip care
If you are thinking of having the Abu Hassan tulip in your garden, the first thing you need, in addition to getting some bulbs, is to know what care is going to need. The truth is that it does not differ much from other tulip varieties, but so that you have it as a guide, this is what we can tell you.
location and temperature
The Abu Hassan tulip needs a lot of sun. At least 7 hours of direct sunlight. Therefore, the best location that you can give this plant is outside. You can put it in a pot or planted in the garden, on a terrace, balcony or similar, but always with as much light as possible because that way you will make it flourish much more.
Now, in the case of temperatureSince we are talking about a tulip, it will not have a problem with the heat. But in the case of cold, where other tulips can suffer, in the case of hybrids it is not.
It can withstand temperatures below 5ºC as long as they are not maintained for more than a month. If so, it is best to protect the bulb so that nothing happens to it.
In this sense, you can choose to protect the pot or the soil where they are planted; or pull the bulbs out of the ground in winter and store them in a warm, dark place until the low temperatures pass.
The Abu Hassan tulip is not picky about the soil you put on it, although if they had a choice, they would certainly choose well-draining alkaline soils. The only soil that would cause problems with tulips is clayeybecause this can harm the development of the bulbs.
A good mix for this plant would be coarse sand, topsoil, and clay soil. In this way it will cover all the needs in terms of nutrients that it has. Of course, make sure that the pH of the soil is always between 6 and 7. If it becomes acidic, it is best to apply a little lime.
Despite what you may think at first, tulips are not very constant watering. Quite the contrary. It is true that it needs the soil to be moist, but it can tolerate some drought.
For this reason, when it comes to watering it, we advise you to water it as soon as you plant it and then, during its growth and flowering season. Depending on where you live, the weather, temperature will be 2-3 times a week. Yes indeed, Once the flowering is over, you should continue watering it until you see that the plant begins to wither. At that time it is best to stop watering so that the bulb does not rot.
With regard to irrigation water, opt if possible for rainwater or, failing that, water that you have left to settle for at least 24-48 hours (and do not rush it).
As with other types of tulips, this one is said to be for single use, so that, at the end of flowering, they are discarded. And that means you don’t have to pay for it. Only when the land is of low quality will you have to do it.
Even so, If you want to try to get the bulb to thrive for another year, we do recommend that you add a little to cover its needs. have lost and thus have more opportunities.
The Abu Hassan tulip needs pruning, but it is not too excessive. And it is that, after blooming, the flowers should be removed because they usually absorb nutrients and energy that are really worthless. However, by cutting them, you can help the plant not weaken so much and, at the same time, have a better chance of giving new flowers again.
When the cycle is finished, the plant withers and at that time, to prevent the bulb from losing too much strength, you can prune it entirely and wait a few weeks to dig up the bulb.
Plagues and diseases
As with other tulips, the Abu Hassan you have to protect it from certain common pests and diseases. In the first case, caterpillars, as well as slugs and snails are the most common. The leaves can be eaten, as well as the flowers, spoiling the appearance of the plant. To avoid this, it is best to plant plants around it that can prevent them from approaching. And, if they are already inside, you can use neem oil or similar to spray the plant so that they do not get close to it.
Regarding diseases, one of them is the yellowing and drying of the leaves as well as the brown spots that can kill the leaves and make the tulip unable to photosynthesize.
In addition, problems with lighting or irrigation are also important.
The propagation of the Abu Hassan tulip is achieved through the bulbs. And it is that, as it develops, if everything is well, some suckers will grow from the large bulb that you can separate and thus have new plants. Of course, they are not going to give them to you in a matter of a year. They take between 2 and 3 years to get the right size to flower and enjoy them.
Of course, the other option to reproduce the Abu Hassan tulip is with the seeds of the flowers, although this process is much slower and may not have as good results as the other.
As you see, the Abu Hassan tulip can be quite a spectacle in your garden by their colors. And care is not that difficult to follow. Do you dare to have it this year?