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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.


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

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

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

Siam TulipSiam Tulip
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Angelique' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Big Sun' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Black Satin' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot' - 5 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Carnival de Nice' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carnival' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Darwin Mixed' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Flaming Duo' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

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 Angelique 15 BulbsTulip Angelique 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Angelique Mix 15 BulbsTulip Angelique Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

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

Tulip Harmony of Purples Mix 15 BulbsTulip Harmony of Purples Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Imperial Friends 15 BulbsTulip Imperial Friends 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Liberation 20 BulbsTulip Liberation 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Peaceful Pastels 15 BulbsTulip Peaceful Pastels 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Royal Princes Mix 15 BulbsTulip Royal Princes Mix 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Spring Break 15 BulbsTulip Spring Break 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Triumph 15 BulbsTulip Triumph 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulips (double late flowering) 15 BulbsTulips (double late flowering) 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulips Fosteriana 15 BulbsTulips Fosteriana 15 Bulbs
£ 10.99

Tulip Tulip 'Black Cherry frost' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 11.98

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carpet' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 11.98

Tulip Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Fire Wings' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Fire Wings' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Hot Honey' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Mixed Parrot' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 11.99

Tulip Tulip 'Full Border Mix' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 12.98

Tulip Tulip 'Red Sensation' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 12.98

Tulip Tulip 'Darwin Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Double Sugar' - 5 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Flaming Parrot' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Ground Cover' Mix - 50 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Magical Carpet' - 50 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Promiss' - 8 tulip bulbs
£ 12.99

Tulip Tulip 'Red Sensation' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 14.96

Tulip Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Giant Orange Sunset' - 8 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Greenland' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Ice Cream' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Majestic Mix' - 100 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Parrot Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'St George' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Tulip Tulip 'Wonder Club' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 14.98

Magnolia Magnolia 'Black Tulip' - 1 bare root magnolia plant
£ 14.99

Magnolia Magnolia 'Black Tulip' - 1 magnolia bare root
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot' - 5 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Carnival de Nice' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carnival' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Diamond Parrot' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Diamond Parrot' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Greenland' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Harbour Lights' - 4 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Ice Cream' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Kaufmanniana Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'New Design' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Red Impression' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

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

Tulip Tulip 'Ronaldo' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Snowstar' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Spryng Break' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'St. George' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'T&M Mixed' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 BulbsTulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Wonder Club' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Tulip 'Yellow Flight' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 14.99

Tulip Angelique 30 BulbsTulip Angelique 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Angelique Mix 30 BulbsTulip Angelique Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

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

Tulip Harmony of Purples Mix 30 BulbsTulip Harmony of Purples Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Imperial Friends 30 BulbsTulip Imperial Friends 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Liberation 40 BulbsTulip Liberation 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Peaceful Pastels 30 BulbsTulip Peaceful Pastels 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 BulbsTulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Royal Princes Mix 30 BulbsTulip Royal Princes Mix 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Spring Break 30 BulbsTulip Spring Break 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Triumph 30 BulbsTulip Triumph 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulips (double late flowering) 30 BulbsTulips (double late flowering) 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulips Fosteriana 30 BulbsTulips Fosteriana 30 Bulbs
£ 16.49

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carpet' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 16.96

Tulip Tulip 'Promiss' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 16.98

Tulip Tulip 'Darwin Mixed' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 16.99

Tulip Tulip 'Flaming Parrot' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 16.99

Tulip Tulip 'Big Sun' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.98

Tulip Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.98

Tulip Tulip 'Fire Wings' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.98

Tulip Tulip 'Flaming Duo' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.98

Tulip Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.98

Tulip Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.99

Tulip Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 17.99

Tulip Tulip 'Mixed Parrot' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 17.99

Tulip Tulip 'Full Border Mix' - 128 tulip bulbs
£ 19.96

Tulip Tulip 'Greenland' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.96

Tulip Tulip 'Majestic Mix' - 200 tulip bulbs
£ 19.96

Tulip Tulip 'Triumph Collection' - 64 tulip bulbs - 16 of each variety
£ 19.96

Tulip Tulip 'St George' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.97

Tulip Tulip 'Lover's Collection' - 64 tulip bulbs, 16 of each
£ 19.98

Tulip Tulip 'Magical Carpet' - 100 tulip bulbs
£ 19.98

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

Tulip Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Carnival de Nice' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carnival' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Double Sugar' - 10 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Fire Wings' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Greenland' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Ground Cover' Mix - 100 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Hot Honey' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Promiss' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'Red Impression' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Tulip Tulip 'St. George' - 64 tulip bulbs
£ 19.99

Magnolia Magnolia 'Black Tulip' - 2 bare root magnolia plants
£ 24.98

Tulip Tulip 'Diamond Parrot' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 24.98

Magnolia Magnolia 'Black Tulip' - 2 bare root magnolia plants
£ 24.99

Tulip Tulip 'Diamond Parrot' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 24.99

Tulip Tulip 'Triumph Collection' - 64 tulip bulbs - 16 of each variety
£ 24.99

Tulip Tulip 'Rockstar Collection' - 100 tulip bulbs, 25 of each variety
£ 29.99

Tulip Apricot Fox Size: 11/11 pack of 10 bulbsTulip Apricot Fox Size: 11/11 pack of 10 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 Bright Parrot Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Bright Parrot Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Canasta Size: 10/11 pack of 10 bulbsTulip Canasta Size: 10/11 pack of 10 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 Grand Perfection Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbsTulip Grand Perfection Size:11/12 pack of 12 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 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 Queen of the Night Size: 12+ pack of 15 bulbsTulip Queen of the Night 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 Syneada Orange Size:12+ pack of 12 bulbsTulip Syneada Orange Size:12+ pack of 12 bulbs
£ 4.99

Tulip Triumph White Size 12+ pack of 15 bulbsTulip Triumph White Size 12+ pack of 15 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 viridiflora Spring Green pack of 10 bulbsTulip viridiflora Spring Green pack of 10 bulbs
£ 4.99

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

TulipsTulips
£ 5.95

Tulips redTulips red
£ 5.95

Tulips whiteTulips white
£ 5.95

Tulips yellowTulips yellow
£ 5.95

Tulip Tulip 'T&M Mixed' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 5.99

Tulip Tulip 'Black Cherry Frost' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 7.99

Tulip Tulip 'Colour Carpet' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Darwin Mixed' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Full Border Mix' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Ice Cream' - 5 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Mixed Parrot' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Red Sensation' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'T&M Mixed' - 32 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

Tulip Tulip 'Wonder Club' - 5 tulip bulbs
£ 8.99

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

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

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

Siam TulipSiam Tulip
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Angelique' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Big Sun' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

Tulip Tulip 'Black Satin' - 16 tulip bulbs
£ 9.99

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