How to Grow Maja

Overview

Maja is a type of tulip that grows 1 1/4 feet tall and flowers in late spring. The blooms are yellow and fringed at the edges, with yellow-green insides. This tulip is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 7, which means it grows in all but the deep southern and hot western regions of the United States. Knowledge of how to create the right environment for the plant will help you produce attractive perennial flowers.

Step 1

Choose an area in the fall with full sun and well-drained soil. Work the soil 8 to 12 inches deep with a spade, breaking up clumps and removing rocks. Mix organic compost into the soil and a low-nitrogen fertilizer (marked 5-10-10) to provide extra nutrients for the Maja.

Step 2

Plant the Maja bulb in the prepared site in spring after the danger of frost passes. Place the bulb 5 inches into the soil with the top facing upwards. Cover the bulb with dirt and tamp down firmly but gently. Space multiple bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart.

Step 3

Water deeply after planting, and place a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the Maja bulbs. The mulch will protect the bulbs from cold and from drying out too quickly.

Step 4

Keep the bulbs moist, but not soaked, until shoots start to grow through the soil. After that point they can survive on rainwater alone unless there is a drought. In dry periods, water deeply, allowing the soil to dry slightly in between watering.

Step 5

Fertilize with a low-nitrogen (5-10-10) fertilizer while the Maja is in bloom in late spring. Follow the directions on the package for application instructions. Each fertilizer brand differs.

Step 6

Pinch the flowers off the stalks soon after they fade. If you leave them on the Maja plant all its energy will go into producing seeds instead of the bulb. To make it through the winter, the bulb needs this energy.

Step 7

Cut off the foliage at ground level when it has yellowed and begins to die back. Do not remove it before this point. This will prevent disease for the Maja.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not ingest this plant, as it may cause extreme discomfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Organic compost
  • Low-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Maja bulbs
  • Mulch

References

  • Cornell Growing Guide: Tulip, Fringe-flowered Cultivars
  • University of Vermont: Tulipa
  • Shoot Gardening: Tulipa 'Maja'

Who Can Help

  • The Arbor Day Foundation: USDA Zone Map
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Sarah Morse recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature. She has been freelancing for three months and got her start writing for an environmental website.