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1Set up a training schedule. You can condition your horse just by running it regularly. However, setting up a plan for how you want to train your horse can help you measure her progress and keep you on task.[2] X Research source

Keep your training consistent for the first eight weeks. For example, you may want to run your horse every day for this first phase. Once you’ve built up the horse’s endurance, you can decrease the number of training days to four or five.[3] X Research source

Allot equal amounts of time for warm-up, trotting, loping, long trotting, and cool down. You may want to set a specific distance, such as four miles, and split up each section by miles.

Add a variant such as a sprint every couple of days to change the training routine, which can help better develop your horse’s muscles.

Observe and note changes to your horse’s condition each week. Reset your goals or training program as needed.

2Check your horse’s mount. Comfort is an important factor in your horse’s ability to accelerate and can make conditioning easier for you and her. Make sure her mount is properly fitted and nothing is broken or worn to help ensure your horse is comfortable. An uncomfortable mount could make your horse not want to go faster or move its legs.[4] X Research source Check the following items on the mount:

Saddle tree, to make sure it doesn’t move

Saddle bars, for loose rivets

Flaps, for weak or loose stitching

Billets, for dryness

Stirrups, for dryness and wear

Bridle, for rough edges that could harm your horse’s delicate mouth


3Warm up your horse. Before you start any conditioning routine or exercises, it’s important to let your horse warm up its legs and body. This can remove lingering soreness or swelling and prevent injury.[5] X Research source

Allow your horse to walk at a leisurely pace for 15-30 minutes. Consider walking her in both directions as well as in circles.

Be careful when making circles with your horse. Keep them gentle and interspersed with straight walking. Circles can be physically hard on your horse.[6] X Research source

4Trot your horse. In order to get your horse into a faster run, it will need to trot for a distance. Trotting is a pace that is faster than a walk but slower than a lope or run. Depending on your training plan, you can trot your horse for a certain time or distance.[7] X Research source

Encourage your horse to trot with verbal or physical cues such as clucks or a gentle push from the stirrups.[8] X Research source

Add sprints, or long lopes, to the trotting phase to build your horse’s muscles. For example, you could trot for 30 minutes and then add a one minute sprint followed by another 15 minutes of trotting. Alter this pattern as you and your horse wish.[9] X Research source

5Increase trotting to a lope. About half of your horse’s training program should be at a lope, or running, pace. Once she is comfortably trotting, cue her to speed up into a run.[10] X Research source

Break up the loping phase into manageable chunks. For example, you could let your horse lope for a mile and then allow her to trot for a minute or two before starting another mile lope.[11] X Research source

Be aware that your horse may not be able to lope for long distances if she is in the early phases of training. Either decrease the speed or length until she is ready to lope for a specific time or distance.

6Return to a trot. After your horse has loped for the allotted time or distance, decrease the speed into a trot, which some people call breezing.[12] X Research source You can break up this phase into two parts for optimal training: the first part can be a long trot and the second part a slow trot.[13] X Research source

Consider varying the trot with moments of walking or loping to build the horse’s endurance and muscles.

Be aware that the long trot after loping can lengthen his stride and help him tuck his belly.[14] X Research source

7Cool down your horse. Horses can get warm or overheat during training. Cooling your horse down after a good training session can help reinforce the training, remove lactic acid from its muscles, and prevent injuries.[15] X Research source

Walk your horse as a way to cool it down. Keep the cool down time commensurate with the training. For example, if you increase the speed or distance, you should make sure your horse has more walking time at the end of the session.[16] X Research source

Give your horse a treat for a good workout and make sure she has fresh food and water, which provide her proper nutrition and hydration and can help her run faster.

8Assess your horse’s condition. After about 45 days, you should be able to see a difference in your horse’s muscle tone and endurance. Take the time to look at the progress your horse has made and adjust your training plan as necessary.[17] X Research source

Allow your horse sufficient time to rest in between training sessions. This can help prevent injuries. If your horse seems lethargic, has long or dull looking hair, or shows signs of injury such as limping, it may not be rested enough or have a condition that needs immediate medical attention from a vet.

Injured ligaments and torn muscles are common in horses that are training too much for their condition. It’s also common for overtrained or out of shape horses to not react quickly to commands or cues. Remember to not push your horse too hard and give it ample time to recover in between sessions.

9Work with a coach. If you are not an expert at training horses, consider hiring a coach or another horse professional to help you design your training plan. You may want to spend money for a private training session, which can help the coach identify any problems with your horse’s gait or condition. The coach can then suggest a way to remedy the issue and help your horse get faster and stronger.[18] X Research source

Make a list of questions and concerns you have for the coach. Be sure to include your goals for your horse, a health history, and any other pertinent information. Make sure you are completely honest if the coach asks questions. Not doing so could cause harm to your horse or not effectively get it to the goals you’ve set.

Signaling Your Horse to Accelerate

1Cue your horse with voice commands. Once of the most simple and effective ways to get your horse to run faster is to command her. Although horses won’t understand words in the same way a human does, they do understand simple commands such as “trot” or “gallop” and even sounds such as clucking or smooching.[19] X Research source

Make sure to use short and consistent words when cueing your horse. For example, if you want to get her to go faster always use the term “lope” or “run” instead of using them interchangeably. You also need to make sure that you clearly say the words.

Watch the tone and pitch of your voice. Keep them soft and gentle because your horse won’t respond to yelling or anger.

Back up verbal cues with other aids or signals until your horse runs faster. Once your horse speeds up, you don’t need to give her any further verbal commands until you want her to slow down.

2Use hand aids. Your horse’s reins are another way to communicate with her to speed up. In most cases, you will need to combine hand aids with leg aids for the most effective way to communicate your wishes to the horse. The better you know your horse, the more you will understand the most effective hand and leg aids to use.[20] X Research source

Move your hands in a forward direction along with leg pushing to signals to the horse to lengthen its stride on a trot or lope.

Keep your hands level and raised above the horses wither without crossing over the horses neck. Use the hand aid until you’re ready for your horse to slow down.

3Connect leg aids with hand signals. In most cases, a leg aid is used with a hand aid. The leg aid reinforces commands and can gently nudge your horse forward. Try different combinations of leg and hand commands to see what works best for your horse.[21] X Research source

Check to make sure your leg is in the proper position when you mount your horse. It should fall right behind the girth strap on the saddle, which spans the largest area of your horse’s body.

Apply a gentle inward pressure with your leg or foot to cue your horse to go forward and increase her speed. A light tap also works. If your leg hits your horse’s elbow, adjust it so that it strikes just behind the girth strap. This can prevent miscommunication or injury to your horse.

Stop using leg commands once your horse begins running faster. You can use them again when you want your horse to slow down.

4Avoid artificial aids. Whips and spurs are man-made aids that some people use to make their horses run faster. However, there is conflicting evidence on whether they’re effective signals for a horse. In addition, they may cause injury or trauma to your horse, which may make her reluctant to run at all.[22] X Research source

Consider staying away from whips altogether. Evidence suggests that they do not perform better when whipped, but actually worse. In addition, whips can cause harm to your horse if used excessively or on the wrong parts of its body.[23] X Research source

Wear spurs only if you are an experienced rider. Spurs are worn on the heel to give a more precise leg aid but can cause significant damage to a horse’s side if not used properly.[24] X Research source

Community Q&A

QuestionWhen I run the horse fast, I start jumping. How can I sit on a horse, so that I don’t jump?Community AnswerTry pushing yourself down on the saddle, so you can sit flat. Pushing your heels down will also help you stay in control of your balance.

QuestionWhat is the best meal for a horse?Community AnswerA balanced diet is best, but for high energy, oats are an old and well known energy boost.


Make sure to give your horse sufficient rest time between runs.

Listen to or feel your horse’s responses. Don’t force her to do anything that appears to be causing her pain or discomfort.

How To Care For Sunflowers: 15 Steps (With Pictures)

1Choose a variety. Sunflowers range from eighteen foot (5.5 m) stalks to a knee-high cluster of pom-poms. Besides the size and appearance, there are a few other considerations:

The classic, yellow, single-stem sunflower usually grow quickly and easily. Sunrich and Pro Cut are good beginner options.[2] X Research source

Branching varieties produce many flowers per seed, but most grow more slowly. If you plan to cut the flowers, get a pollen-free or low-pollen variety such as Cherry Rose to avoid a sticky mess.[3] X Research source

Larger varieties such as Mammoth Gray Stripe and Humongous tend to produce tastier seeds, and can provide support for climbing plants.[4] X Research source [5] X Research source (Some smaller varieties produce birdseed-quality seeds.)

2Decide when to plant the sunflowers. You can plant your sunflowers starting in late spring, once the last frost is passed. However, many sunflowers are daylight-sensitive, and may grow leggy and delay flowering if planted at the wrong time. There are three types of varieties:[6] X Research source

Short-day: These need long nights to trigger flowering. Plant them toward the end of summer (or start them indoors in mid-spring).

Long-day: These bloom during the middle of summer.

Day-neutral varieties can be planted any time during the growing season.

Plan ahead based on the expected flowering time. Most single-stem sunflowers bloom 60 days after planting from seed, while branched sunflowers bloom after 90 days.[7] X Research source


3Choose a spot with well-drained soil and full sun. Sunflowers grow best in loamy soil with good drainage and neutral pH.[8] X Research source More importantly, make sure the area gets at least six hours of full sun a day, and preferably eight or more.[9] X Research source

If the soil is poor, mix in 3 or 4 inches (7.5–10cm) of compost into the topsoil.[10] X Research source

4Plant the seeds. Farmers usually plant large, single-stem sunflowers at least an inch (2.5 cm) deep.[11] X Research source In home gardens with good quality soil (not too dry or sandy), you can likely plant at ½ inch (1.25 cm) depth instead.[12] X Research source

Plant extra seeds if you have the space. You may thin them later, or lose some seeds to pests.

5Space the seeds apart depending on desired flower size. The further apart you space the seeds, the larger their flowers will grow:

Plant the seeds 6 inches (15 cm) apart for smaller, bouquet-sized flowers, or 9″ (23) cm + for larger blooms.[13] X Research source

If your sunflower’s max height is above 5 ft (1.5m), plant them at least 1 ft (0.3m) apart. Giant varieties may need 2 ft (0.6m) of space.[14] X Research source

Most branching varieties need 18″ (46 cm) of space.[15] X Research source

Caring for Sunflowers

1Water young sunflowers daily. Sunflower seedlings need plenty of water while they’re establishing themselves. Keep the soil moist, but not soaked, until the seedlings emerge. This usually happens within 5–10 days of planting, but may take longer in cold weather. Once the seedling emerges, water about 3–4 inches (7.5–10cm) from the plant to encourage root growth.[16] X Research source

2Fertilize the sunflowers if the soil is poor. Sunflowers do not need fertilizer, and overdoing the nitrogen can create a leggy plant with delayed flowering. If your soil is poor, add compost or slow-release fertilizer to the surface of the soil.[17] X Research source This should help strengthen the plant without overdosing it.

3Protect sunflowers from pests. Protecting your plants against slugs and snails is especially important. You can surround your plants with slug repellent from a garden store, or make your own “beer traps” for slugs to fall in.

4Look out for yellow leaves. Downy mildew can be a major problem in clay or waterlogged soils. Check regularly for this fungus, which causes shrunken yellow leaves in addition to its namesake down. If you see these symptoms, reduce water use to keep soil dry, and apply fungicide immediately. Infected plants rarely produce flowers, so you may want to simply remove them to avoid spreading the disease.[18] X Research source [19] X Research source

If the leaves look normal except for a striking yellow bleached color, this is a bacterial infection instead. Keeping soil dry will help here as well, and the plant will usually be fine.

If the leaf looks yellow but still has green veins, the problem is most likely a mineral deficiency. It can be tricky to pinpoint the exact problem, but diluted fertilizer may work.

Be aware that it’s normal for sunflowers to lose their first set of leaves once they begin growing in earnest. Don’t worry if the bottom leaves yellow and drop, but the rest of the leaves are fine.

5Reduce watering for mature sunflowers. Once they’ve developed a deep taproot, sunflowers are fairly drought-resistant. They’ll still thrive on regular, deep watering, especially while buds and flowers are developing, but allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions. Over-watering is more likely to harm them than under-watering.[20] X Research source

Try not to get the blooms wet, as this can damage them.[21] X Research source

6Stake the sunflowers in windy weather. Wind can severely damage most multi-branched varieties, as well as any sunflower over 3 ft (0.9m) tall. Tie them to a sturdy support using cloth or other soft material.[22] X Research source You may need to put up a wind barrier for extra tall sunflowers.

Harvesting Flowers and Seeds

1Cut decorative flowers when they are ¼ open. At this stage, the flower petals stick up perpendicular to the central disc. Cut them at this point for maximum vase life (usually five days, much longer with some varieties):[23] X Research source

Cut flowers in the early morning or early evening.

Use a clean knife or shears.

Strip off any leaves that would be below the water line.

Place in water immediately.

2Cut flowers for drying. In this case, it’s best to wait until the flower is about half open, and the petals are leaning outward.[24] X Research source Once cut, there are many ways to preserve them. The simplest is to tie the stems with twine and hang them upside down in a warm room with good ventilation.

3Protect seeds from birds and squirrels. If you’d like to harvest the seeds yourself, you’ll have to battle the neighborhood animals. Once the flowers start to droop and lose their petals, cover the head with cheesecloth or a paper bag.

Most sunflowers will produce many more seeds if you attract bees to your garden to pollinate them.

4Harvest the seed head. You may cut off the seed head once the disk it rests on starts to turn color from green to yellow. Store in a dry, cool location until the disk turns dark brown. The seeds are now ready to eat, raw or roasted.

Store seeds in a cloth bag to allow air to circulate. This helps prevent mold.

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Sunflowers drop lots of seeds and can be a pest the following year if you aren’t careful. To control numbers, trim off the faded flowers before they drop seeds.⧼thumbs_response⧽

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How To Change Your Status On Whatsapp (With Pictures)

1Open WhatsApp. Tap the WhatsApp app icon, which resembles a white phone receiver inside of a white speech bubble outline on a green background. This will open the last section of WhatsApp that you had open if you’re logged in.

If you aren’t logged into WhatsApp, follow the on-screen instructions to log in before proceeding.

2Tap the Status tab. It’s in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

If WhatsApp opens to a chat conversation, first tap the “Back”


3Open your status list. Tap the My Status heading near the top of the page to do so.

If you just want to add a status without deleting an old one (or if you don’t have an old one to delete), skip ahead to the “Create a new status” step in this method.

4Tap Edit. It’s in the top-right corner of the screen.

5Select your status. Tap the status that you want to delete. You should see a checkmark appear to the left of it.

If you have more than one status you want to delete, tap each status in question.

6Tap Delete. This option will appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen once you’ve selected a status.

7Tap Delete 1 Status Update when prompted. It’s a red-text option at the bottom of the screen. Doing so removes the selected status from the My Status list.

If you selected more than one status to delete, you’ll see the number of statuses selected in this option (e.g., Delete 3 Status Updates) instead.

8Create a new status. Tap the camera button to the right of the My Status heading at the top of the page, then take a picture (or select an existing picture) of whatever you want to use for your status.

If you want to create a text-only status, tap the pencil icon to the right of the My Status heading and then type in your status message.

9Post your status. Tap the “Send” icon

Your status will be visible to all of your WhatsApp contacts for the next 24 hours, after which point it will automatically disappear.


Method 2

Method 2 of 2:

On Android

1Open WhatsApp. Tap the WhatsApp app icon, which resembles a white phone receiver inside of a white speech bubble outline on a green background. This will open the last section of WhatsApp that you had open if you’re logged in.

If you aren’t logged into WhatsApp, follow the on-screen instructions to log in before proceeding.

2Tap the STATUS tab. You’ll find it at the top of the screen.

If WhatsApp opens to a chat conversation, first tap the “Back” button to exit to the main WhatsApp interface.

3Tap ⋯. It’s to the right of the “My status” heading. Doing so brings up a page with your current status(es) listed.

If you just want to add a status without deleting an old one (or if you don’t have an old one to delete), skip ahead to the “Create a new status” step in this method.

4Select your status. Long-press the status that you want to remove until a checkmark appears to the left of it, then release your finger.[1] X Research source

If you have multiple statuses you want to remove, tap each subsequent status after long-pressing the first one.


6Tap DELETE when prompted. This will remove the selected status(es).

7Create a new status. Tap the camera button in the lower-right side of the screen, then take a picture (or select an existing picture) of whatever you want to use for your status.

If you want to create a text-only status, tap the pencil icon below the camera icon and then type in your status message.



Community Q&A


QuestionWill this work on a Vodacom Smart Tab?Community AnswerYes, most definitely. It works the same as an Android.

QuestionHow do I set the status in the latest version of WhatsApp?Community AnswerYou may need to delete it, and re-download it with the latest edition.

How To Get Slime Out Of Clothing In A Few Simple Steps

Scoop Away the Slime

Use a spoon, dull-edged knife, or the edge of a credit card to gently lift away as much of the slime as possible from the fabric. Do not rub the stain—rubbing only pushes the slime deeper into the fibers of the fabric.

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Mix a Vinegar and Water Solution

In a small bowl or spray bottle, mix one part distilled white vinegar and one part water. Vinegar contains acetic acid that will break the bonds between the slime and the fabric yet is mild enough to be used safely on clothes.

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Spray the Slime Stain

Spray the slime-stained area with the vinegar and water solution or dab some on with a microfiber cloth.

Allow the solution to work for five minutes before washing the clothes.

Use the spoon or old credit card to remove any additional slime particles that have loosened from the fabric.

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Wash the Clothes

Wash the clothes as you usually would in warm or cool water using a heavy-duty detergent that contains enzymes to help lift stains.

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Check for Stains

As you remove the clothes from the washer, check for any remaining stains or traces of color from the slime. If stains remain, do not put the clothes in the dryer. The high heat will make the stains more difficult to remove.

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Get Rid of Lingering Slime Stains

The lingering stains are usually caused by the dye or food coloring added to the slime. These can be removed with oxygen-based bleach and a bit of patience.

Mix a solution of cool water and oxygen-based bleach powder. Follow the package directions for how much product to use per gallon of water.

Submerge the entire garment and let it soak for at least four hours. Overnight is better.

Check the stained area and repeat the steps with a fresh solution, if needed.

Wash the clothes as usual.

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How to Get Rid of Old Slime Stains on Washable Clothes

If the slime has dried or gone through the dryer and is stuck to the fabric, follow these steps to safely remove it before treating the stains.

Harden the Dried Slime

Place a couple of ice cubes in a plastic bag. Place the bag on the dried slime to harden it.

Or, place the garment in a plastic bag. Put the bag in the freezer for a couple of hours.

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Safely Remove the Slime

Once the slime has hardened, use your fingernails or tweezers to gently peel off the slime.

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Treat the Stains

Follow the same stain removal tips for getting out fresh slime to remove all traces of the stain.

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Additional Tips to Prevent Slime Stains on Clothes

Here are a few tips to help you get the best results:

Don’t wait. Treat the stains as quickly as possible. Fresh slime stains are easier to remove than dried slime stains.

Don’t put slime-stained clothes in the dryer. The high heat may set the stains into the fabric permanently.

Wear an apron or smock when playing with slime to prevent stains on clothes.

Protect surfaces like carpet, upholstery, or textured wood with plastic sheeting or a vinyl tablecloth.

How To Care For Tulips: A Gardening Guide

1Choose perennial tulips if you want them to come back. Both the type of tulip and the way you care for it determine whether you’ll have an annual or perennial plant. Annuals only last 1 year and need to be replanted each fall. Perennials will come back year after year and spread through your yard or garden. Here are the varieties that are the most likely to come back with the least amount of effort from you:[1] X Research source

Expert Source Ben BarkanProfessional Gardener Expert Interview. 14 April 2023.

You can keep tulip bulbs in your refrigerator (or some other cool, dry location) for about 2 months before planting season if you buy them in summer. However, do not store them next to apples, as they give off ethylene, destroying the bulb.

Most bulbs need 12-14 weeks of a “cold period” to bring about beautiful bulbs come spring. Do not buy bulbs after December 1st unless they’ve been “pre-cooled.”


Choose large, strong bulbs that are free from mold.[4] X Expert Source

Expert Source Ben BarkanProfessional Gardener Expert Interview. 14 April 2023.

Select a spot away from large trees so the flowers don’t have to compete with the roots for nutrients.[6] X Expert Source

4Pick a spot with sandy, well-drained soil. Amend your soil as needed to ensure it’s well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic, and fertile.[7] X Trustworthy Source Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach program dedicated to educating and engaging communities Go to source Wet soil will ruin tulips. Improve drainage by adding shredded pine bark or even sand to the area.

5Loosen the soil. Before planting the tulip bulbs, use a planting fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Dig down in the soil 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38.1 cm). Then, mix 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 cm) of organic matter, like compost or peat moss, into the soil.[8] X Research source


7Plant tulip bulbs 4 to 6 inches (10.2 to 15.2 cm) apart. Give each bulb plenty of space to grow sufficiently, otherwise, they’ll encroach on each other’s nutrients.[11] X Trustworthy Source Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach program dedicated to educating and engaging communities Go to source Plant each bulb pointy end up. Fill the hole with soil and press the dirt into place firmly.

Tulips rapidly multiply when left in the ground. Even if you only plant a few, in a couple of years, you’ll have a whole family.

8Water your tulips. Right after planting, water them thoroughly to trigger growth. This will likely be one of the few times you actually have to water tulips unless you live in a very dry climate.[12] X Research source

Do not water them again until you see leaves. Then, give them a light sprinkling.

9Apply mulch if you live in a cold climate. After planting your tulip bulbs, cover them with a 2 to 3 in (5.1 to 7.6 cm) layer of shredded bark or straw to protect the bulbs from frost and retain moisture.[13] X Research source If you often have rodents or animals in your garden, erect a cage or fence around the bulbs. Or, put thorny leaves or gravel in with the soil to deter pests.

Adding mulch is the only thing you need to do to overwinter tulips—they’re hardy enough to survive during the cold months.

If you’re planting perennials, feed them every year to start them going again. Use organic material, compost, or a balanced time-release bulb food every fall to start the process.

10Plant tulips in pots in the fall to get winter blooms. Choose a 6 in (15 cm) pot with multiple drainage holes. Fill it about one-third full of well-draining potting soil, and place about 6 tulips bulbs pointy-end-up in the pot. Cover them loosely with soil so they’re about 4 inches (10 cm) deep and then water thoroughly.[14] X Research source

Place your potted tulips somewhere with a temperature between 35 to 48 °F (2 to 9 °C) for about 12 weeks, like a basement, cellar, or even your refrigerator.

Bring your pots out of the cold after 3 months and place them in cool, but sunny, windows. They’ll bloom after 3-4 weeks.

This process is known as forcing blooms, and potted tulips will only flower once. Once the foliage is wilted and yellow, dig up the bulb and discard it.

Tulip Care & Maintenance

1Water developing tulips only during a dry spell. If it hasn’t rained in a few weeks in your area, give your tulips a dusting of water. Generally, though, you don’t need to water tulips so long as you receive 0.67 inches (1.7 cm) or more of rainfall per week.[15] X Research source

Don’t allow your tulips to remain in standing water. If there has been an excess of rain in your area, drain out any extra water from the area if you can. Or, add some shredded bark or sand to the area around your tulips to help keep them dry.

If you notice that the area you planted your tulips in collects water, you’ll likely be better off moving the plant to a drier area. Dig them up taking the surrounding soil with you and find an area that rain falls on, but can drain out of.

2Fertilize your tulips at the beginning of spring. Fertilize your tulips once at the beginning of spring for continuous growth.[16] X Expert SourceBen BarkanGarden & Landscape Designer Expert Interview. 2 June 2023. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of high-nitrogen fertilizer (30-0-0) into the soil around your tulips.[17] X Research source

Tulips are pretty easy in the scheme of things. If you’re dealing with annuals, they may not need fertilizer at all. In the right climate, you can plant your tulips and essentially forget about them, no watering or fertilization necessary.

3Expect tulips to bloom in mid to late spring. When your tulips will flower depends on the specific variety you have, but generally, tulips are spring-blooming flowers.[18] X Research source

4Check for pests and diseases. Blight (or Tulip Fire) creates brown specks on the leaves and turns the flower grey in color. If any of your bulbs are diseased, dig them up and throw them away to prevent the blight from spreading to other tulips. If only part of the plant is damaged, cut it off to see if you can salvage the plant.[19] X Research source

Provide proper care for your tulips to prevent diseases. Make sure they get a modicum of moisture, a little bit of shade, and are planted in decent, slightly acidic soil.

If aphids become a problem, spray them off the plants with water.

5Cut tulips at a diagonal to display in vases. If you want to create a beautiful bouquet or centerpiece, use sharp, clean shears to cut the stems from the plant at a diagonal angle. Then, wrap the top two-thirds of the flower stems in newspaper to keep them straight and put them in a bucket of cool water. After 12-18 hours, re-cut the stems and display them in a vase.[20] X Research source

To care for fresh-cut tulips, trim the stems, replace the water, and add a little flower food each day to prolong the life of your tulips.

6Deadhead and prune your tulips if you’re growing perennials. Remove the spent blooms to prevent the tulips from going to seed if you want them to come back the following year.[21] X Research source Use shears to cut off the flower head once it’s spent. Wait about 6 weeks, until the foliage yellows, to cut the plant back to ground level. It needs this time to build up energy in order to flower the following season.[22] X Research source

If you want your tulips to spread, allow them to “naturalize” or go to seed so that more will come back the following year.

7Dig up the bulbs after blooming if you’re growing annuals. Some gardeners prefer to treat tulips as annuals and replant them each fall. Generally, annuals have more vibrant blooms. Once all the tulips have bloomed and died, dispose of the entire plant from bulb to tip.[23] X Research source

Many farmers and gardening enthusiasts prefer annuals when it comes to tulips. They’re easy to grow, cheap, and can easily be replanted. They can grow more for the next year and experiment with different varieties if they so choose.

8Plant fresh tulips if yours stop flowering. Even though many tulip varieties are perennials, they won’t keep blooming forever. If yours are only producing leaves instead of blooms, it’s time to dig them up and discard them. In the fall, plant fresh tulip bulbs in well-draining soil and provide them with plenty of sunlight.[24] X Research source

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4 Ways To Give Gabapentin To Cats With Cancer

1Prepare the medication. Measure out the appropriate dose of Gabapentin into an oral syringe. Place the medication next to the spot where you will be administering it. A counter top or table are good options, as they will allow you to give your cat the liquid without having to bend down to their level.[1] X Research source

2Get your cat ready for the dosage. Bring your cat to the spot where you will administer the Gabapentin. Pet your cat to calm it down. If you suspect that your cat will put up a fight, wrap a thick towel around it, which will restrict movement and reduce the cat’s anxiety.[2] X Research sourceAdvertisement

3Give your cat the medication. Place your cat in front of you with it facing away from you, with its hindquarters leaning against you. Gently tilt you cat’s head upwards and position the end of the syringe at the back corner of its mouth. Dispense the medication into the space between your cat’s cheek and gums.[3] X Research source

4Reward your cat. Immediately reward your cat by petting it and feeding it a treat. If your cat is wrapped in a towel, unwrap it immediately and feed it another treat. Pet and praise your cat to create positive associations with the process, which will occur regularly.[4] X Research source

Administering Gabapentin in Pill Form

1Position your cat. Hold your cat against you, facing away from you (wrapped in a towel to restrict its movement, if necessary). With one hand, steady your cat’s head and tilt it upwards. Make sure that your cat stays leaned up against you. [5] X Research source

2Insert the pill into your cat’s mouth. Using your other hand, grasp a Gabapentin pill between your thumb and forefinger. Use your middle finger to open your cat’s mouth as gently as possible and insert the pill. Slide the pill down your cat’s tongue, as far backwards as you can go.[6] X Research source

3Hold your cat’s mouth closed. Remove your finger and close your cat’s mouth gently. Hold your cat’s mouth closed until it swallows. If this does not occur after a few seconds, gently rub your cat’s throat under its chin to encourage swallowing.[7] X Research source

4Use a pill-giver. If you want to avoid putting your fingers in your cat’s mouth, ask your veterinarian if they can provide you with a pill-giver. This syringe-like device uses a soft nozzle to plunge the pill toward the back of your cat’s mouth, and can be used in the same way you would administer liquid medication with a syringe. After inserting a pill with the pill-giver, gently close your cat’s mouth and encourage it to swallow the pill.[8] X Research source

5Use the three treat trick. Purchase cat treats that are either hollow or soft enough to be molded around a pill. Start by giving your cat one plain treat, then immediately feed it a treat with a pill hidden inside of it. Have a third treat ready at the same time so that your cat consumes the second treat quickly to get to the third.[9] X Research source

6Ask your veterinarian of you can divide the pills. If your cat resists swallowing full size pills, ask your veterinarian if cutting them into smaller pieces is an option. Use a pill cutter to evenly divide the Gabapentin pills into smaller pill fragments, which can be hidden in treats more easily. Very small pill fragments can also be hidden in a small amount of canned food.[10] X Research source

Monitoring Your Cat’s Reaction

1Look for side effects. The most common side effects in cats that are given Gabapentin are mild sedation and ataxia (i.e. loss of control of bodily movements). Call your veterinarian if you are concerned that your cat’s symptoms may be too severe or dangerous (e.g. putting your cat at risk for injury). Your cat’s cancer, cancer treatments, or other medications may also be causing side effects, which your veterinarian will best be able to assess.[11] X Research source

Usually common side effects like poor coordination are temporary and will improve after a few days.

2Observe your cat’s pain level. Monitor your cat while it is on Gabapentin to assess the drug’s effectiveness in treating pain. If your pet is experiencing intense pain as a result of its cancer or cancer treatment, it may require a more intense pain reliever (e.g. a strong opioid drug like morphine). Call your vet if your cat’s discomfort does not seem to improve after several days on Gabapentin.[12] X Research source

3Stop providing the medication gradually, if necessary. If you choose to stop giving your cat Gabapentin, discontinue it gradually over a period of two to three weeks. Stopping the medication abruptly can cause rebound pain or seizures, in some cases. If your cat is on a higher dosage of Gabapentin, ask your veterinarian about switching to a lower dose temporarily to taper off the medication, or administer it less frequently (e.g. once a day instead of every 12 hours).[13] X Research source

Deciding on Gabapentin as a Pain Reliever

1Assess your cat’s pain. If your cat is suffering from cancer, it may experience pain as a result of the disease as well as the treatments for it (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation), which you should convey to your veterinarian. The level of pain that your cat experiences may vary due to factors such as its age, what stage the disease is in, where the cancer is located, and your cat’s personal pain tolerance. While assessing your pet’s comfort level can be a difficult task, there are many probable indicators of pain such as:[14] X Research source

Decrease in energy


Reduced appetite

Negative reaction to touch

Increased vocalization (e.g. whining or hissing)

3Make sure that you get a compounded form of the drug. Gabapentin is a drug designed for pain relief and seizure control in humans, and is not approved by the FDA for use in pets. While veterinarians can prescribe this medication for cats, the human version is not safe because it contains xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets. Make sure that you receive Gabapentin in a form compounded especially for cats (in either liquid or pill form) before administering the drug.

Never administer any form of Gabapentin to your cat that has not been approved and prescribed by your veterinarian.

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