How to plant tulips



With a long winter ahead its great to have something to look forward to. Planting tulips is one of those jobs I enjoy as I know there will be a bloom of colour in the coming months which is well worth the wait! There are a huge number of varieties and colours of tulips to choose from, so once you have selected your bulbs here are some quick tips for storing and planting your tulips.

*To store your bulbs before planting keep them in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight, a garage or outside shed is perfect.

*Plant tulip bulbs in November after we have had 2 or 3 hard frosts as this will help to wipe out tulip blight spores and help ensure a healthy bulb and a healthy tulip in the spring.

*Ideally you need to plant the bulbs in soil that hasn't had tulips in for 2-3 years, so this means finding a new part of the garden to plant the bulbs in, or if planting in a container, put new soil in it. Again this helps protect the bulbs against disease that may have been lurking in the soil.

*The location needs to have good drainage so that the bulbs won't be sitting in waterlogged soil.

*A sunny spot is ideal for tulips so find a spot in the garden where you are going to get plenty of sunlight.

*Dig a trench about 6-8 inches deep (if you can put some grit in the bottom of it even better!) The bulbs need to spaced about 4 inches apart. A bulb planter is a handy tool to use for planting bulbs especially in borders where digging a trench isn't that easy.

*Tulips grow really well in containers and can create a real focal point for the garden especially if you select a number of bright coloured tulips and varieties to grow. Again ensure they are positioned in sunlight with good drainage in the pots and use a soil based compost.

*To store your bulbs before planting keep them in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight.

Here are some online tulip bulb retailers I have used which offer a huge range of tulips to choose from and if you are quick some are offering some really good sale prices!

www.peternyssen.com

www.jparkers.co.uk

www.crocus.co.uk

www.sarahraven.com

What's your favourite tulip combination to plant?


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