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Tulips manage to balance symmetrical perfection with a faultless elegance of proportion with that indefinable delicacy and vulnerability that the finest flowers have.

Best planted in groups of one variety, this applies to all bulbs, but more so for tulips than any of the others, why anyone should buy a bag of "mixed varieties and colours" is beyond me.

Traditional large reds are very robust and will grow in most places, but the finest to my eye at least are the white and pink lily-flowered varieties. These have rather taller thinner flowers than most tulips with a slightly out-turned tip to each petal.

Grown in containers for the house tulips are an extravagance as you need a large container and the flowers are rather short lived if you bring them into the warmth. I'd never be without a couple of large bowls of my favourites though as an annual treat, bring them indoors in the day and place them outside somewhere sheltered in the evening. If you have a cool (non-heated) conservatory, all the better.


Value Miniature Tulips - 50 bulb pack Size 9/11Value Miniature Tulips - 50 bulb pack Size 9/11
£ 9.99

Value Triumph Tall Tulips - 50 bulbs Size 9/11Value Triumph Tall Tulips - 50 bulbs Size 9/11
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Heart Tray Tulip & CrocusPlant-o-Mat Heart Tray Tulip & Crocus
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Muscari 45 bulbsPlant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Muscari 45 bulbs
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Crocus 45 bulbsPlant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Crocus 45 bulbs
£ 9.99

Siam TulipSiam Tulip
£ 9.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 15 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 15 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip TreeTulip Tree
£ 9.95

Double Pink Peony Flowered Tulips - 100 BulbsDouble Pink Peony Flowered Tulips - 100 Bulbs
£ 74.99

The shops and markets in spring will be full of freshly cut tulips of the common shapes and shades, so go for something a little out of the ordinary for containers. Smaller species tulips are becoming more commonly available, they don't seem to do so well indoors but are ideal for a large outdoor container, just outside the front door is one of the best places to appreciate them as often as possible.

Tulip Care

    Plant - In containers, borders or beds, NOT in grass, they can't compete in the way that daffodils can.

    Depth - 4-6" of soil above the top of the bulb, less in heavy, more in light soils, plant on a shallow bed of grit or gravel in the planting hole if rotting is a problem. Squirrels may dig the bulbs up this can be avoided by burying chicken wire (with large gaps) about 2" below the oil surface above the bulbs.

    Depth in containers - 2-3" of compost above the bulbs, in very large pots, a double layer can be planted with the lower ones growing up through the ones above to give a greater density of blooms at flowering time.

    Cultivation - after flowering, remove the seed heads and water once with double strength liquid fertiliser, plenty of it to reach the bulbs and roots. Leave leaves to die down naturally, they can be removed when completely brown and can be pulled up easily. Tulip leaves are less obtrusive than other bulbs foliage.

    Container cultivation - if the containers are to be brought indoors, grow them on somewhere cool but sheltered let them grow as tall as possible before bringing them indoors just before the buds open, they may get leggy and even not flower if brought in too early. They will last longest in a cool but bright position.

    After the flowers are over, put them outside in a sheltered position and grow / water / feed as normal for bulbs. They will not perform as well the next year at all, so don't bother trying, bulbs for indoor containers should be bought fresh each year. After flowering when the leaves have died down or before plant them out in the garden. They won't be very good in year 2, but will be fine from 3 onwards.

Planting in containers

The key point to remember is that these are temporary plantings, so you can plant the bulbs very close together, almost touching, for the maximum density of flowers. Buy the largest bulbs you can afford, smaller ones just don't perform as well and the smallest may produce lots of leaves but no flowers at all.

Bulb fibre is often recommended, but is only really necessary if the bulbs are to be planted in bowls without drainage. I've always treated bulbs like any other container plants and use ordinary potting compost in containers that have drainage holes and get excellent results.


Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 BulbsTulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Angelique 15 BulbsTulip Angelique 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Spring Break 15 BulbsTulip Spring Break 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Liberation 20 BulbsTulip Liberation 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 BulbsTulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Angelique 15 BulbsTulip Angelique 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Spring Break 15 BulbsTulip Spring Break 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Liberation 20 BulbsTulip Liberation 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Liriodendron tulipfera (Tulip Tree) 1M tallLiriodendron tulipfera (Tulip Tree) 1M tall
£ 11.99

Tulip Heart redTulip Heart red
£ 14.95

Tulip Heart goldTulip Heart gold
£ 14.95

Magnolia Magnolia 'Black Tulip'
£ 14.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 BulbsTulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Angelique 30 BulbsTulip Angelique 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Spring Break 30 BulbsTulip Spring Break 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Liberation 40 BulbsTulip Liberation 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 BulbsTulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Angelique 30 BulbsTulip Angelique 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Spring Break 30 BulbsTulip Spring Break 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Liberation 40 BulbsTulip Liberation 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost KitDIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost KitDIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost KitDIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips and Compost KitDIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips and Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost KitDIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Red Riding Hood Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost KitDIY 32 Red Riding Hood Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Triumph Mix Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost KitDIY 32 Triumph Mix Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost KitDIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost KitDIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost KitDIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips & Compost KitDIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips & Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost KitDIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Red Riding Hood Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost KitDIY 32 Red Riding Hood Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost Kit
£ 19.99

DIY 32 Triumph Mix Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost KitDIY 32 Triumph Mix Tulips and 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils with Compost Kit
£ 19.99

Magnolia Susan - Tulip TreeMagnolia Susan - Tulip Tree
£ 24.95

Magnolia George Henry Kern - Tulip TreeMagnolia George Henry Kern - Tulip Tree
£ 24.95

Magnolia Stellata - Tulip TreeMagnolia Stellata - Tulip Tree
£ 24.95

Magnolia Soulangeana - Tulip TreeMagnolia Soulangeana - Tulip Tree
£ 24.95

Magnolia denudata - Ancient Chinese Tulip Tree with Large White FlowersMagnolia denudata - Ancient Chinese Tulip Tree with Large White Flowers
£ 29.99

Tulip Queen of the Night Size: 12+ pack of 15 bulbsTulip Queen of the Night Size: 12+ pack of 15 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Apricot Fox Size: 11/11 pack of 10 bulbsTulip Apricot Fox Size: 11/11 pack of 10 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Triumph White Size 12+ pack of 15 bulbsTulip Triumph White Size 12+ pack of 15 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Scarlet Baby Size: 9/10 pack of 25 bulbsTulip Scarlet Baby Size: 9/10 pack of 25 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Kaufmanniana Mixed (early) Size:9/10 pack of 25 bulbTulip Kaufmanniana Mixed (early) Size:9/10 pack of 25 bulb
£ 4.99

Tulip Grand Perfection Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Grand Perfection Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Washington Size:11/12 pack of 15 bulbsTulip Washington Size:11/12 pack of 15 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Flaming Flag Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Flaming Flag Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Blue Diamond Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Blue Diamond Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Mount Tacoma (Peony flowered) Size:10/11 pack of 15 buTulip Mount Tacoma (Peony flowered) Size:10/11 pack of 15 bu
£ 4.99

Tulip Purple & Shirley mix Size: 10/11 pack of 15 bulbsTulip Purple & Shirley mix Size: 10/11 pack of 15 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Syneada Orange Size:12+ pack of 12 bulbsTulip Syneada Orange Size:12+ pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Bright Parrot Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Bright Parrot Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip viridiflora Spring Green pack of 10 bulbsTulip viridiflora Spring Green pack of 10 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip viridiflora Greenland Size:11/12 pack of 10 bulbsTulip viridiflora Greenland Size:11/12 pack of 10 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Canasta Size: 10/11 pack of 10 bulbsTulip Canasta Size: 10/11 pack of 10 bulbs
£ 4.99

Magnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Tulip TreeMagnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Tulip Tree
£ 49.95

Magnolia Sunsation - New, Rare Tulip Tree with Golden Blushed FlowersMagnolia Sunsation - New, Rare Tulip Tree with Golden Blushed Flowers
£ 49.99

Double-Flowered Tulips yellowDouble-Flowered Tulips yellow
£ 5.95

Double-Flowered Tulips redDouble-Flowered Tulips red
£ 5.95

Double-Flowered Tulips whiteDouble-Flowered Tulips white
£ 5.95

Double-Flowered Tulips pinkDouble-Flowered Tulips pink
£ 5.95

Double Pink Peony Flowered Tulips - 100 BulbsDouble Pink Peony Flowered Tulips - 100 Bulbs
£ 74.99

Tulip TreeTulip Tree
£ 9.95

Value Miniature Tulips - 50 bulb pack Size 9/11Value Miniature Tulips - 50 bulb pack Size 9/11
£ 9.99

Value Triumph Tall Tulips - 50 bulbs Size 9/11Value Triumph Tall Tulips - 50 bulbs Size 9/11
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Heart Tray Tulip & CrocusPlant-o-Mat Heart Tray Tulip & Crocus
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Muscari 45 bulbsPlant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Muscari 45 bulbs
£ 9.99

Plant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Crocus 45 bulbsPlant-o-Mat Classic Tulip/Crocus 45 bulbs
£ 9.99

Siam TulipSiam Tulip
£ 9.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 15 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 15 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 BulbsTulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs
£ 9.99

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