When is it too late to plant Tulips?

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.

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Perfect Tulip Companions

Tulips and companion plants

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.

tulips companion with muscari

Muscari

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.

bluebells

Bluebells

Bluebells are lovely companions for tulips as they are low maintenance and easy to grow. Their short stature adds to the overall look, giving you variation among your beds and borders.

white snowdrops

Snowdrops

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 popular tulip companion anemone

Anemones

Anemones are celebrated for their bright colours and wide, open petals. Brilliant for planting with tulips as their colours complement any tulip and their unique palettes.

tulip companioned with cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy cyclamen are often used for naturalising under trees and shrubs. Paired with any tulip, the cyclamen flower will provide a natural effect that spring-flowering bulbs are often known for.

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