Bright, bold, and colourful, Tulips are one of the most popular spring-flowering bulbs that gardeners plant in autumn. Many gardeners may think that you need to get all your bulbs in the ground by October, but this isn’t the case! If you haven’t finished your tulip planting yet, don’t worry, keep reading to find out how long you can plant tulip bulbs.
Why you shouldn’t plant Tulips too early
Tulip bulbs are always so eager to get growing. If you plant them too soon, they’ll send their leaves up right away. This will only freeze them in the winter.
When should you plant Tulips?
Wait to plant tulip bulbs until mid-autumn, up until 6 weeks before a ground-freezing frost is expected. Sometimes, even December (or even later) works best if you live in mild winter areas.
What if i don’t plant them by Christmas?
If you missed planting your bulbs during autumn/early winter and you’ve got a pack of tulips or daffodils laying around in January or February, plant them and take your chances. Here are our top tips for winter bulb planting:
Clear away snow and loosen soil, if possible.
If the ground is totally frozen, scatter fertilizer sparingly and over a larger range than normal.
Place bulbs on top of the soil. Do not press them in, as this will damage the bulb base, where roots form.
Cover with 2-4 inches of aged mulch or finished compost (go for the thicker layer if planting during the height of winter).
Renew mulch covering often with a fresh 2 inch layer.
Tulips are the herald of spring, pinpointing the exact moment the seasons change and spring flowers grace us with their bright colours and tantalizing scents. Yes, tulips are lovely for spring gardens. But what to plant with them?
Tulip companions are a popular topic, due to the broad range of plants and flowers that accentuate their beauty. This makes for an exciting display throughout the spring season. In this blog, we are going to show you our favourite tulip companions, just in time for bulb planting season.
Muscari is a classic tulip companion plant, perfect for adding variants of height and interest to your beds and borders. You can even plant them in drifts through grass for a woodland effect.
The king of spring-flowering bulbs; the popular Snowdrop is a wonderful tulip companion. Perfect for creating a woodland theme within your garden, looking natural underneath trees and shrubs or at the forefront of your beds and borders.
The pinnacle of Spring! These popular spring flowers have been loved for centuries due to their bright colours and attractive patterns, as well as their versatility and long-flowering abilities. Since bulb planting season kicks off at the end of September, learn when to plant tulips bulbs and grow a beautiful garden filled with delightful tulip flowers.
Keep reading our easy gardening guide to discover when, where and how to plant tulip bulbs.
When do you plant tulip bulbs?
The perfect time to plant tulip bulbs is in the autumn. They can be planted from September to December. Remember that the later you plant them, the later they’ll flower!
Where can you plant Tulips?
These easy to grow blooms grow in any kind of well draining soil. For small spaces, plant tulips in containers or patio pots. For larger spaces, plant them in groups of 10-15 bulbs in beds and borders.
How do you plant Tulip bulbs?
Plant bulbs about 8-10cm deep and approx 15cm apart. To give your bulbs a boost, use a little bonemeal or super phosphate mixed in with the soil. For happy plants, position your tulips in full sun.
Need advice on planting Dwarf Tulip bulbs? We’ve compiled our gardening advice in this informative blog guide on planting, arrangement, and aftercare to help make your gardening job easier.
Tulips are one of the most popular Spring bulbs for a reason. Fantastic colours and attractive shapes make them a stunning choice for your garden displays. There are a wide variety of Greigii/Kaufmanniana or dwarf Tulips within our range, from First Price, Little Beauty, Humilis, and Scarlet Baby; all with stunning colourful blooms that would be perfect for any spring border, or even hanging basket, and their spectacular foliage produces year after year whilst requiring minimal care.
Tulips do not need to be planted until October in to December. Plant bulbs in well dug soil about 8-10cm deep and approx. 15cm apart. It is often beneficial to use a little bonemeal or super phosphate mixed in with the soil. Tulips delight during their growth in a sunny location.
In this video tutorial, our resident gardening expert Jeff talks us through how to plant Dwarf Rockery/Botanical Tulips, with great easy to follow advice on how to achieve a terrific spring rockery display.
After the tulips have bloomed and when leaves fade and turn brown, the bulbs can be lifted, dried, cleaned and stored in a cool place until planting time. This allows the bulb to store more food and produce flowers the following year. Tulips should not be grown in the same soil for several years, so replace with fresh soil every other year.