Care Instructions for Yellow Tulips


Tulips are beautiful flowers that represent the oncoming spring and liven up an indoor or outdoor spot, and the surrounding landscape. Yellow tulips range in hue from light yellow to a deep orange-yellow and usually symbolize love, friendship and cheerfulness. These flowers brighten up an outdoor flower bed, where they are usually planted, or an indoor spot if cut and arranged in a floral bouquet. Plant yellow tulips along with another colored tulip to form a colorful palette. These flowers are easy to grow and care for.

Step 1

Test the soil at the planting site to ensure it lies between 6.0 and 7.0. Tulips prefer a spot with well-drained soil that receives several hours of morning sun but some afternoon shade. Add compost, moss or organic matter to amend clay soils prior to planting.

Step 2

Plant bulbs two to three weeks before the first expected frost to protect them from the harsh winter that causes them to wither and die.

Step 3

Water your tulips once or twice a week to give them an inch of water. Use a garden hose and water at soil level to prevent wetting foliage. Remember that over-watering tulips is dangerous and leads to root rot and disease. However, water them more frequently during drought.

Step 4

Feed your tulips twice a year, in spring and then in fall, so they are healthy. Depending on personal choice, feed them an organic fertilizer, such as rotted manure, compost or bone meal, or a 6-24-24 (low nitrogen) fertilizer.

Step 5

Inspect the area around your tulips for any weeds, and pull them out by hand. These weeds compete with the flowers for water and nutrients, thus causing them to grow poorly. Snip off dry or spent blooms to encourage new growth.

Step 6

Place potted yellow tulips inside during extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, snow or strong winds to protect them from damage. Cover tulips that are planted in the ground with a tarp or blanket.

Step 7

Check your yellow tulips for damage or disease. Spray soapy solution over the blooms and foliage to deter pests such as aphids, and treat tiny brown spots with commercial fungicide. Cordon off your planting site to protect tulips from wildlife such as deer that chew on them and destroy entire flower beds.

Step 8

Cut dried yellow tulip blooms off at the end of the summer, allowing the foliage and stems to remain as they promote bulbs to develop and grow strong. Dig the entire bulb from the ground when the stem and leaves turn yellow or brown, and place in a dry and sheltered indoor location until fall, when you plant them in the ground again.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil testing kit
  • Organic compost
  • Garden hose
  • Low-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Pruning scissors
  • Tarp or blanket
  • Soapy solution
  • Spray bottle
  • Fungicide


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