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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 'Snow Bird'

£ 99.99

Magnolia Black Tulip (

Magnolia Black Tulip ('Jurmag1') (PBR)

£ 99.99

Magnolia Honey Tulip

Magnolia Honey Tulip

£ 99.99

Champagne flutes tulip collection

Champagne flutes tulip collection

£ 9.99

Lipstick tulips - tulip collection

Lipstick tulips - tulip collection

£ 9.99

Picture Perfect Double Flowered Tulips

Picture Perfect Double Flowered Tulips

£ 9.99

Triumph Tall Tulip Mix

Triumph Tall Tulip Mix

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Giant'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Big Sun'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 9.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Cream Cocktail'

£ 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

Tulip 'Yellow Angel' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 1

Tulip Dynasty - Pack of 10 Bulbs

Tulip Dynasty - Pack of 10 Bulbs

£ 1.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queen of the Night' - Pack of 10 Bulbs

£ 1.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Club'

£ 10.99

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

Tulip Red Riding Hood 20 Bulbs

£ 10.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Magical Carpet'

£ 11.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Bella Blush'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Berry Sorbet'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Elegant Mix'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fire Wings'

£ 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 'Murillo Mixed'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Impression'

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White' and Muscari 'Blue' Mix

£ 11.99

Tulip

Tulip 'White Valley'

£ 11.99

Magnolia Soulangeana - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Soulangeana - Tulip Tree

£ 12.95

Tulip

Tulip 'Chic Collection'

£ 12.96

Tulip and Anemone Mix

Tulip and Anemone Mix

£ 12.99

Tulip and Muscari

Tulip and Muscari 'Purple Rain Mix'

£ 12.99

Tulip Black Hero and Allium Silver Spring

Tulip Black Hero and Allium Silver Spring

£ 12.99

Tulip Patio Mix

Tulip Patio Mix

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Promiss'

£ 12.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Suncatcher'

£ 12.99

Tulipa

Tulipa 'Passionale' & Narcissus 'Toto'

£ 12.99

Brown sugar tulip collection

Brown sugar tulip collection

£ 13.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Fly Away' and 'Pieter' Duo Collection

£ 14.98

Caramel blush tulip collection

Caramel blush tulip collection

£ 14.99

Fritillaria imperialis & Tulip Bulb Mix

Fritillaria imperialis & Tulip Bulb Mix

£ 14.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

£ 14.99

Persian tulip collection

Persian tulip collection

£ 14.99

Double tulip collection

Double tulip collection

£ 14.99

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

Tulip & Fritillaria Bulb Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Black Satin'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Diamond Parrot'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Greenland'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 14.99

Tulip

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

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Rockstar Collection'

£ 14.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Striped Mix'

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 14.99

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

Tulip, Hyacinth & Anemone Mix

£ 14.99

Magnolia Susan - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Susan - Tulip Tree

£ 15.95

Brandy snap tulip collection

Brandy snap tulip collection

£ 15.99

Orange sorbet tulip collection

Orange sorbet tulip collection

£ 15.99

Tulipa

Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice'

£ 15.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Whispering Dream'

£ 16.97

Pretty in pink tulip collection

Pretty in pink tulip collection

£ 16.99

Royal tulip collection

Royal tulip collection

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Boombastic Red'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Florist's Treat Mixed'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream'

£ 16.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Tangerine Green'

£ 16.99

Tulips for the vase collection

Tulips for the vase collection

£ 16.99

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

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

£ 17.97

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Flaming Duo'

£ 17.98

Tulip

Tulip 'Frilly Fiesta Mixed'

£ 17.98

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree

£ 17.98

Cherry cream tulip collection

Cherry cream tulip collection

£ 17.99

Copper blush tulip collection

Copper blush tulip collection

£ 17.99

Dark eyes tulip collection

Dark eyes tulip collection

£ 17.99

Dark mystery tulip collection

Dark mystery tulip collection

£ 17.99

Raspberry diva tulip collection

Raspberry diva tulip collection

£ 17.99

Charming apricot tulip collection

Charming apricot tulip collection

£ 17.99

Cool water tulip collection

Cool water tulip collection

£ 17.99

Orange and red tulip collection

Orange and red tulip collection

£ 17.99

Oranges and lemons lily tulip collection

Oranges and lemons lily tulip collection

£ 17.99

Sunrise tulip collection

Sunrise tulip collection

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Carrę'

£ 17.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream Yellow'

£ 17.99

Magnolia Black Tulip - RARE Deep Purple-Black Flowering Tulip Tree - LARGE 180cm SPECIMEN

Magnolia Black Tulip - RARE Deep Purple-Black Flowering Tulip Tree - LARGE 180cm SPECIMEN

£ 179.95

Artist tulip collection

Artist tulip collection

£ 18.99

Citrus burst tulip collection

Citrus burst tulip collection

£ 18.99

Club synaeda tulip collection

Club synaeda tulip collection

£ 18.99

Picture gallery tulip collection

Picture gallery tulip collection

£ 18.99

Plush velvet tulip collection

Plush velvet tulip collection

£ 18.99

Pearl tulip collection

Pearl tulip collection

£ 18.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Majestic Mix'

£ 19.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.96

Tulip

Tulip 'Lover's Collection'

£ 19.98

Dark tulip collection

Dark tulip collection

£ 19.99

Ivory tulip collection

Ivory tulip collection

£ 19.99

Magnolia denudata Jade Lamp - Tulip Tree

Magnolia denudata Jade Lamp - Tulip Tree

£ 19.99

Lime Zinger tulip collection

Lime Zinger tulip collection

£ 19.99

Radicchio tulip collection

Radicchio tulip collection

£ 19.99

Tulip Black & White Designer Collection -

Tulip Black & White Designer Collection - 'Monochrome' - 100 Bulbs

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Blenda Flame'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Caribbean Parrot'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Double Sugar'

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Floresta' (Kaufmanniana group)

£ 19.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Triumph Collection'

£ 19.99

Double-Flowered Tulip - Strawberry Ice Cream

Double-Flowered Tulip - Strawberry Ice Cream

£ 2.79

Double-Flowered Yellow Tulips - Ice Cream Banana

Double-Flowered Yellow Tulips - Ice Cream Banana

£ 2.79

Double White Peony Flowered Tulips Grobina - 10 Bulbs

Double White Peony Flowered Tulips Grobina - 10 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Bastogne'' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ben Van Zanten'' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Bloody Mary'' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip Brisbane - Double Fringed Aussie Tulips - Pack of 6 Bulbs

Tulip Brisbane - Double Fringed Aussie Tulips - Pack of 6 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Candela' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Denmark'' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Flair' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Golden Apeldoorn' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Kees Nelis' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Madame Lefeber' - Red Emperor - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Monte Carlo' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Muscadet' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Pallada' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Parade' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Prins Claus' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Prior' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensland' - Double Fringed Tulips - Pack of 6 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Red Revival' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Russian Princess' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 12 Bulbs

Tulip Salmon Dynasty - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Sunny Prince' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Time Out' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Verandi' - Pack of 12 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Tulips Cairns - Double Fringed Tulip - Pack of 6 Bulbs

Tulips Cairns - Double Fringed Tulip - Pack of 6 Bulbs

£ 2.99

Liriodendron tulipifera

Liriodendron tulipifera

£ 21.99

Regal tulip collection

Regal tulip collection

£ 21.99

Neapolitan tulip collection

Neapolitan tulip collection

£ 21.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Queensday' and 'White Valley' Collection

£ 22.99

Raspberry ripple tulip collection

Raspberry ripple tulip collection

£ 23.99

Magnolia Daphne - Sensational Yellow Tulip Tree

Magnolia Daphne - Sensational Yellow Tulip Tree

£ 24.99

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree

£ 24.99

Large flowered tulips - Darwin tulip collection

Large flowered tulips - Darwin tulip collection

£ 24.99

Tulip

Tulip 'Ice Cream Duo'

£ 24.99

Magnolia

Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'

£ 29.99

Raspberry and plum tulip collection

Raspberry and plum tulip collection

£ 29.99

Tulip Ice Cream - Pack of 6 Bulbs

Tulip Ice Cream - Pack of 6 Bulbs

£ 3.97

Tulipa Arabian Beauty

Tulipa Arabian Beauty

£ 3.99

Tulipa Black Parrot

Tulipa Black Parrot

£ 3.99

Tulipa Candy Prince (PBR)

Tulipa Candy Prince (PBR)

£ 3.99

Tulipa Florosa

Tulipa Florosa

£ 3.99

Tulipa Little Beauty

Tulipa Little Beauty

£ 3.99

Tulipa Red Riding Hood

Tulipa Red Riding Hood

£ 3.99

Tulipa saxatilis

Tulipa saxatilis

£ 3.99

Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) Lilac Wonder

Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) Lilac Wonder

£ 3.99

Tulipa Slawa (PBR)

Tulipa Slawa (PBR)

£ 3.99

Tulipa Swan Wings

Tulipa Swan Wings

£ 3.99

Tulipa tarda

Tulipa tarda

£ 3.99

Tulipa White Dream

Tulipa White Dream

£ 3.99

Tulip Collection

Tulip Collection

£ 34.99

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree STANDARD

Magnolia Yellow Bird - Tulip Tree STANDARD

£ 39.99

Tulipa Ronaldo

Tulipa Ronaldo

£ 4.49

Tulip Apricot Foxx

Tulip Apricot Foxx

£ 4.99

Tulip Canasta

Tulip Canasta

£ 4.99



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