Care of Yellow Tulips


Tulips symbolize the onset of spring and are flowers associated with cheerfulness and love. Yellow tulips range in shapes, sizes and hues, from deep yellow to an orange-yellow, while some cultivars are comprised of striations of yellow along with another color. Gardeners plant yellow tulip bulbs inside or along flowerbeds in fall to spruce up a spot during warm summer months. They also form lively floral arrangements and brighten up an indoor spot. Yellow tulips are easy to grow and maintain, and require the same amount of care as any other colored tulip.

Step 1

Plant your yellow tulips in well drained soil, with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Also amend heavy clay soils by incorporating peat moss, compost or any other organic matter. Make sure the planting site has plenty of morning sun, with some afternoon shade.

Step 2

Plant the tulip bulbs two weeks before the first frost. Planting any earlier makes them susceptible to the cold and winter and can cause them to die.

Step 3

Water the tulips immediately after planting them to ensure the soil is sufficiently moist. After that, water only during long dry spells. Over-watering causes the tulips to rot. Provide an inch of water per week.

Step 4

Fertilize your yellow tulips twice a year to encourage healthy growth and bright bloom color. Apply organic fertilizer such as compost or well rotted manure, or follow label directions for applying a low-nitrogen fertilizer such as 6-24-24 every spring and fall.

Step 5

Install a fence around your planting site to deter wildlife such as deer that chew on and damage yellow tulips. Control aphids by spraying your plants with a soapy solution, and apply fungicide if you notice tiny brown spots on your tulips that also impede its growth.

Step 6

Protect your tulips from extreme winter conditions such as heavy rainfall and strong winds. Place potted yellow tulips indoors during colder months, and spread a blanket over those planted in the ground to protect them from snow or ice.

Step 7

Cut back withering or spent yellow tulips with pruning shears to encourage new growth. Also check for competing weeds around the plant and pull them out with your hands.

Step 8

Remove faded or dried tulip blossoms from the plant at the end of summer, using a sharp knife. Leave the stem and leaves intact as it encourages strong bulb development. Once the plant turns yellow and dies, dig up the bulb and store in a dry location indoors until you plant it in fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss or compost
  • Watering can
  • 6-24-24 fertilizer
  • Garden fence
  • Spray bottle
  • Soapy solution
  • Pruning shears
  • Sharp knife


  • Plant Biology: Guide to Growing Tulips- Tulipa
  • Pro Flowers: Tulips
  • Flower Garden Bulbs: Yellow Tulips
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