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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.


Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 25 Bulbs

Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 25 Bulbs

£ 9.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 9.99

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'New Design'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ronaldo'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Wonder Club'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 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 Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Topgun'

£ 11.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Magical Carpet'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Cherry frost'

£ 11.98

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 11.99

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

£ 11.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 11.99

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 11.99

Magnolia Soulangeana - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Soulangeana - Tulip Tree

£ 12.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Chic Collection'

£ 12.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Boombastic Red'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Tangerine Green'

£ 12.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 129.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 13.98

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'

£ 139.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carpet'

£ 14.96

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Wonder Club'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Giant Orange Sunset'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Fly Away' and 'Pieter' Duo Collection

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Berry Sorbet'

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 14.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Rockstar Collection'

£ 14.99

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 15

Magnolia Susan - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Susan - Tulip Tree

£ 15.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 15.97

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 16.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 16.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 16.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Promiss'

£ 16.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Bella Blush'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blenda Flame'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 17.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 17.96

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 17.98

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 17.99

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

£ 17.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 17.99

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

£ 17.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 17.99

Magnolia Stellata - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Stellata - Tulip Tree

£ 19.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 19.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.96

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 19.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Lover's Collection'

£ 19.98

WINTER SALE - Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree - Large 150-180cms

WINTER SALE - Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree - Large 150-180cms

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Boombastic Red'

£ 19.99

Tulip bulbs "Spring Green" pack of 10

Tulip bulbs "Spring Green" pack of 10

£ 2.49

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 23.97

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 24.98

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

£ 24.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 24.99

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

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

£ 24.99

WINTER SALE - Magnolia Daphne - Sensational Yellow Tulip Tree

WINTER SALE - Magnolia Daphne - Sensational Yellow Tulip Tree

£ 24.99

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

£ 24.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 24.99

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

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

£ 24.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 29.96

Magnolia denudata - Ancient Chinese Tulip Tree with Large White Flowers

Magnolia denudata - Ancient Chinese Tulip Tree with Large White Flowers

£ 29.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 31.99

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree STANDARD

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree STANDARD

£ 39.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 39.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Parrot Mixed'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 4.99

Tulip Double Pink Size:11/12 pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip Double Pink Size:11/12 pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Blue Diamond' pack of 12

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Kaufmanniana Mixed" (early) pack of 25

Tulip bulbs "Kaufmanniana Mixed" (early) pack of 25

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs"Scarlet Baby" pack of 25

Tulip bulbs"Scarlet Baby" pack of 25

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Bright Parrot" pack of 12

Tulip bulbs "Bright Parrot" pack of 12

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Synaeda Orange" pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip bulbs "Synaeda Orange" pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Greenland' (viridiflora) pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Apricot Fox" pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip bulbs "Apricot Fox" pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Flaming Flag' pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Canasta" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Canasta" pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Mount Tacoma' (Paeony flowered) pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Washington" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Washington" pack of 15

£ 4.99

Pack of 20 Lily-flowered Tulip

Pack of 20 Lily-flowered Tulip 'Ballerina' Bulbs Size 11/12

£ 4.99

Tulip "Red Riding Hood" Size:12+ pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip "Red Riding Hood" Size:12+ pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip "Lambada" Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs

Tulip "Lambada" Size:11/12 pack of 12 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Grand Perfection" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Grand Perfection" pack of 15

£ 4.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

£ 44.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Snow Bird'

£ 44.99

Magnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Black Tulip Tree

Magnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Black Tulip Tree

£ 49.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Sensation'

£ 5.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Topgun'

£ 5.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Murillo Mixed'

£ 6.47

Tulip

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 6.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carpet'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Snowstar'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Yellow Flight'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Pieter'

£ 6.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 61.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 69.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 69.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Sensation'

£ 7.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Parrot Mixed'

£ 7.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Pink Fountain'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Purple Flag'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Dream'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Barcelona'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Angelique'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Shirley'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Cherry Frost'

£ 7.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'

£ 74.99

Magnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Black Tulip Tree 120-150cm

Magnolia Genie - Amazing Purple Black Magnolia - Giant Flowered Black Tulip Tree 120-150cm

£ 79.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Murillo Mixed'

£ 8.89

Tulip

Tulip 'Topgun'

£ 8.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Magical Carpet'

£ 8.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

£ 84.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Snow Bird'

£ 84.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Sensation'

£ 9.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 9.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 9.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carpet'

£ 9.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 9.98

Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 25 Bulbs

Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 25 Bulbs

£ 9.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 9.99

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'New Design'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ronaldo'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Wonder Club'

£ 9.99

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