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    🚚 Shipping Starts: Last week of September '24
    📦 Quantity per Package: 10 Bulbs

    ☀️ Light Required: Full Sun / Partial Shade
    🌷 Height: 18-20"
    🌸 Blooming Period: Late Spring
    🌱 Bulb Size: 12/+
    Planting Distance: 4-5"
    Planting Depth: 6"
    📍 Hardiness Zone: Zone 3-8
    🦌 Deer Resistant: No
    💐 Minimum Bulbs for Effect: 10-15

    About Merlot

    Introducing you to our awesome Merlot tulip. No, this isn’t the red wine, unfortunately… But, this is even better. Fill up your garden with this beautiful tulip with deep burgundy petals. Grab the opportunity to infuse your landscape with the allure of rich crimson and let the Tulip Merlot be the star of your garden show! And while you’re waiting for these tulips to bloom, you can have your sip of Merlot...

    • Deep burgundy beauty: The Tulip Merlot showcases a captivating color reminiscent of a fine glass of red wine, making it a truly luxurious addition to your garden.
    • Elegant form: With its slender stems and graceful shape, this tulip variety exudes elegance and charm, creating a stunning visual impact wherever it blooms.
    • Long-lasting blooms: Enjoy weeks of vibrant color as the Tulip Merlot boasts a remarkable blooming period, adding a burst of beauty to your garden for an extended time.

    How to plant and take care of Merlot

    • Planting Time: For best results, plant Tulip Merlot bulbs in the fall before the first frost, allowing them time to establish their roots.
    • Location: Choose a well-drained area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to ensure optimal growth and blooming.
    • Soil Preparation: Prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve drainage and fertility.
    • Planting Depth: Dig a hole approximately 6 inches deep and place the bulb with the pointed end facing upwards.
    • Spacing: Space the bulbs about 4-5 inches apart to give each tulip enough room to grow and thrive.
    • Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged during the growing season, especially in dry periods.
    • Aftercare: Once the Tulip Merlot blooms have faded, allow the foliage to wither naturally, providing the bulb with energy for next year's growth.
    • Protection: Protect the bulbs from extreme cold temperatures by applying a layer of mulch over the planting area during winter.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Staking Merlot tulips is generally not necessary. Merlot tulips are known for their strong stems and sturdy growth habit. However, in certain cases where the tulips are exposed to strong winds or heavy rainfall, staking can provide additional support and prevent them from bending or breaking. If you notice that your Merlot tulips are leaning or swaying excessively, it may be wise to stake them using bamboo stakes or other supportive materials. Remember to secure the stakes firmly into the ground without damaging the bulbs. Overall, staking Merlot tulips is optional, but it can be beneficial in specific circumstances to ensure their upright growth and prevent any potential damage.

    Merlot tulip bulbs are considered deer resistant. Deer are known to be attracted to many types of plants, including tulips. However, Merlot tulips possess certain characteristics that make them less appealing to deer. These tulips feature a strong scent and bitter taste, which deer find unappealing. While no plant is completely deer-proof, planting Merlot tulip bulbs can significantly reduce the chances of deer damage in your garden. Additionally, incorporating other deer deterrent strategies such as installing fencing, using deer repellents, or planting deer-resistant companion plants can further enhance protection for your Merlot tulips and other garden flowers.

    Merlot tulips should typically reach a height of around 6 to 8 inches before considering pinching. Pinching refers to the practice of removing the top part of the growing stem to encourage branching and stimulate fuller flower production. Waiting until the tulips have reached the mentioned height allows them to establish a robust root system and develop strong stems. When the tulips have reached the desired height, pinch off the top inch of the stem using your fingertips or sharp pruners. This process redirects the plant's energy from vertical growth to lateral growth, resulting in more blooms and a fuller display of the striking Merlot tulips.

    The secret to successfully growing Merlot tulips lies in providing the optimal growing conditions and following a few essential steps. Firstly, choose a well-draining location with full sun or partial shade for planting the tulip bulbs. Prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter and ensuring good drainage. Plant the bulbs in the fall, around 6 inches deep and spaced 4 to 5 inches apart. Water the bulbs after planting and then only as needed during their growth period. Avoid overwatering, as it can cause bulb rot. Applying a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring can provide necessary nutrients. Additionally, protecting the bulbs from extreme temperature fluctuations and pests can contribute to their successful growth

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