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Tulip Bulbs
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Flower March to May, Plant September to November


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.


Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 9.99

Premium Paeony Flowered Tulip

Premium Paeony Flowered Tulip 'Verona' x 10 bulbs

£ 9.99

Species Tulip Mixture 20 bulbs

Species Tulip Mixture 20 bulbs

£ 9.99

Premium Tulip

Premium Tulip 'Ronaldo Unique' x 5 bulbs

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Bella Blush'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Giant'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip bulbs - Tall

Tulip bulbs - Tall 'Triumph' Mix - pack of 50

£ 9.99

Tulip Danceline 11-12cm pack of 10 bulbs

Tulip Danceline 11-12cm pack of 10 bulbs

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 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

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Magical Carpet'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

£ 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 'Chic Collection'

£ 12.96

Tulip and Muscari

Tulip and Muscari 'Purple Rain Mix'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Boombastic Red'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Promiss'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensday' and 'White Valley' Collection

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Tangerine Green'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fly Away' and 'Pieter' Duo Collection

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Giant Orange Sunset'

£ 14.98

Fritillaria imperialis & Tulip Bulb Mix

Fritillaria imperialis & Tulip Bulb Mix

£ 14.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 14.99

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip Bumper Collection

Tulip Bumper Collection

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Exotic Orange'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream Yellow'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Purple Doll' & Tulip 'Doll's Minuet'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Impression'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Impression'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Rockstar Collection'

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip

Tulip 'Blenda Flame'

£ 16.99

Tulip Patio Collection

Tulip Patio Collection

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 17.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 17.98

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 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

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.96

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 19.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Lover's Collection'

£ 19.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Double Sugar'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream Duo'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.99

Tulip bulbs "Spring Green" pack of 10

Tulip bulbs "Spring Green" pack of 10

£ 2.49

Tulip Exquisite pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip Exquisite pack of 15 bulbs

£ 2.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'

£ 29.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

£ 3.99

Tulip Collection

Tulip Collection

£ 34.99

Peony-Flowered Tulip Mix x 20 Bulbs Size 11/12

Peony-Flowered Tulip Mix x 20 Bulbs Size 11/12

£ 4.49

Tulip bulbs - Compact Height Mix - pack of 50

Tulip bulbs - Compact Height Mix - pack of 50

£ 4.49

Tulip Rembrandt Mix 25 bulbs

Tulip Rembrandt Mix 25 bulbs

£ 4.49

Pack of 20 Lily-flowered Tulip

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

£ 4.99

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

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

£ 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 bulbs "Apricot Fox" pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip bulbs "Apricot Fox" pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Bright Parrot" pack of 12

Tulip bulbs "Bright Parrot" pack of 12

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Canasta" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Canasta" pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Grand Perfection" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Grand Perfection" pack of 15

£ 4.99

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

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

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Synaeda Orange" pack of 15 bulbs

Tulip bulbs "Synaeda Orange" pack of 15 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs "Washington" pack of 15

Tulip bulbs "Washington" pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Blue Diamond' pack of 12

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Flaming Flag' pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Greenland' (viridiflora) pack of 15

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

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

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs 'Purple & Shirley mixed' pack of 20

£ 4.99

Tulip bulbs"Scarlet Baby" pack of 25

Tulip bulbs"Scarlet Baby" pack of 25

£ 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

Tulip 'Everlasting Mixed'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Club'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Parrot Mixed'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Parrot Mixed'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ronaldo'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Slawa'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Snowstar'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Suncatcher'

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Sunset Shades'

£ 4.99

Tulip viridiflora Mix 25 bulbs

Tulip viridiflora Mix 25 bulbs

£ 4.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Yellow Flight'

£ 4.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

£ 44.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Snow Bird'

£ 44.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 5.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Sensation'

£ 5.99

Tulip

Tulip 'T&M Mixed'

£ 5.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 6.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Carré'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carpet'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Magic Lavender' and 'Mango Charm' Collection

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Pieter'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queen of the Night'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensday'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Snowstar'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 6.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Yellow Flight'

£ 6.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 69.99

Early Red Tulip & Narcissus Tete a Tete Mix 100 bulbs size 8/10

Early Red Tulip & Narcissus Tete a Tete Mix 100 bulbs size 8/10

£ 7.49

Tulip

Tulip 'Angelique'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Angelique'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Avignon'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Barcelona'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Cherry Frost'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Cherry Frost'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carnival'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ground Cover' Mix

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'New Design'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Pink Fountain'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Purple Flag'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Riding Hood'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Shirley'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Shirley'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White' and Muscari 'Blue' Mix

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Dream'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Valley'

£ 7.99

Tulipa

Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice'

£ 7.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Murillo Mixed'

£ 8.89

Tulip

Tulip 'Topgun'

£ 8.98

Paradise Purple Tulip Mix size 10/11 25 bulbs

Paradise Purple Tulip Mix size 10/11 25 bulbs

£ 8.99

Tulip and Anemone Mix

Tulip and Anemone Mix

£ 8.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Berry Sorbet'

£ 8.99

Tulip Double Flag

Tulip Double Flag

£ 8.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Elegant Mix'

£ 8.99

Tulip Estella Rijnveldt 10 bulbs size 12/+

Tulip Estella Rijnveldt 10 bulbs size 12/+

£ 8.99

Tulip Gold Dust 12 bulbs size 11/12

Tulip Gold Dust 12 bulbs size 11/12

£ 8.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Rasta Parrot'

£ 8.99

Tulips Double Touch and Shirley Double Mix 20 bulbs

Tulips Double Touch and Shirley Double Mix 20 bulbs

£ 8.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 9.98

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 9.99

Premium Paeony Flowered Tulip

Premium Paeony Flowered Tulip 'Verona' x 10 bulbs

£ 9.99

Species Tulip Mixture 20 bulbs

Species Tulip Mixture 20 bulbs

£ 9.99

Premium Tulip

Premium Tulip 'Ronaldo Unique' x 5 bulbs

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Bella Blush'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Giant'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip bulbs - Tall

Tulip bulbs - Tall 'Triumph' Mix - pack of 50

£ 9.99

Tulip Danceline 11-12cm pack of 10 bulbs

Tulip Danceline 11-12cm pack of 10 bulbs

£ 9.99

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