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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

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Carr?'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carnival'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Exotic Orange'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Club'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fly Away'

£ 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 Bird of Paradise Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs

Tulip Prinses Irene 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Silver Parrot 15 Bulbs

Tulip Silver Parrot 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip Silver Parrot 15 Bulbs

Tulip Silver Parrot 15 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Topgun'

£ 11.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Cherry frost'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Magical Carpet'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting Mixed'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Slawa'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Chic Collection'

£ 12.96

Tulip and Anemone Mix

Tulip and Anemone Mix

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Avignon'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Carr?'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

£ 12.99

Tulip Double Flag

Tulip Double Flag

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Double Sugar'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ground Cover' Mix

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Promiss'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queen of the Night'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Snowstar'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Yellow Flight'

£ 12.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 129.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 13.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Jackpot'

£ 13.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Murillo Mixed'

£ 13.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'

£ 139.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carpet'

£ 14.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Fly Away' and 'Pieter' Duo Collection

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Giant Orange Sunset'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'St George'

£ 14.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Wonder Club'

£ 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

Tulip 'Darwin Mixed'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Elegant Mix'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Harbour Lights'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'New Design'

£ 14.99

Tulip

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

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensday'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensday' and 'White Valley' Collection

£ 14.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

£ 14.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 40 Bulbs

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Rockstar Collection'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ronaldo'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Sunset Shades'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'T&M Mixed'

£ 14.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 14.99

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Triumph Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White' and Muscari 'Blue' Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Valley'

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone 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

Tulip 'Everlasting Mixed'

£ 15.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Suncatcher'

£ 15.99

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 30

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 30

£ 16.49

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Bird of Paradise Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

Tulip Flaming Beauty Mix 30 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

Tulip Liberation 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs

Tulip Prinses Irene 40 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Silver Parrot 30 Bulbs

Tulip Silver Parrot 30 Bulbs

£ 16.49

Tulip Silver Parrot 30 Bulbs

Tulip Silver Parrot 30 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 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Colour Carnival'

£ 16.99

Tulip Double Flag

Tulip Double Flag

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Parrot'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Mixed Parrot'

£ 16.99

Tulip Patio Collection

Tulip Patio Collection

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Impression'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Everlasting' Mixture

£ 17.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 17.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 17.98

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 17.98

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blueberry Ripple'

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Club'

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Magic Lavender' and 'Mango Charm' Collection

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Valley'

£ 18.99

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

Tulip

Tulip 'Striped Mix'

£ 19.98

DIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost Kit

DIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 32 Prinses Irene Tulips & 32 Tete a Tete Daffodils & Compost Kit

DIY 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 Kit

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

£ 19.99

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

£ 19.99

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

DIY 32 Triumph Mix 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 Kit

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

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Prinses Irene Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Red Riding Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips & Compost Kit

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips & Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips and Compost Kit

DIY 64 Triumph Mix Tulips and Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

£ 19.99

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

DIY 64 Tulip Bulbs & FREE Compost Kit

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Avignon'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Carr?'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Double Sugar'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Elegant Mix'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Promiss'

£ 19.99

Tulip

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

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Sunset Shades'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White' and Muscari 'Blue' Mix

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 23.97

Magnolia Stellata - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Stellata - Tulip Tree

£ 24.95

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 24.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 24.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Full Border Mix'

£ 29.96

Tulip Bumper Collection

Tulip Bumper Collection

£ 29.99

Tulip Patio Collection

Tulip Patio Collection

£ 29.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

£ 3.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 31.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 39.99

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