Tulips are the quintessential spring plant. To ensure you get a beautiful blooming display next year, you need to ensure you plant the bulbs at the right time of the year. And, if you don’t have the space to put bulbs in the ground, don’t worry – you can make stunning displays in pots. Here’s how and when to plant tulip bulbs in pots – it might be sooner than you think.
Tulip bulbs are an incredibly rewarding and low-maintenance addition to your garden.
All you need to do is plant your bulbs this Autumn and you barely have to remember they’re there over winter.
When the winter frost clears and the first signs of spring arrive, you’ll have a blooming beautiful garden of colourful tulips.
If you don’t have space in your borders or you want to brighten up your patio with a display of tulips, why not try growing them in a pot?
Using a pot to plant bulbs can create stunning and intricate designs, but there are a few tips you need to know before you get started.
So, here’s everything you need to know about planting tulips in pots.
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Tulips are a spring bulb and different varieties flower at different points from March to May, so check the variety you want to plant.
Tulips are very happy in a pot.
If you get a big enough pot, you can even plant many different varieties of bulbs, for a display that flowers throughout Spring.
What kind of soil do I need for tulips?
Peat-free multipurpose compost is best for growing tulips in a pot or container.
Adding some grit to help create really good drainage will also keep your bulbs happy.
Monty Don also suggests adding leaf mould, if you can get your hands on any.
How to plant tulips in pots
Fill the pot halfway with your peat-free and multi-purpose compost and grit mix.
Plant the bulbs at a depth approximately three times the size of the bulb. So if your bulb was four inches (10cm), you would plant at a depth of 12 inches (30cm), and so on.
Make sure the root points down, and the ‘nose’ of the bulb is pointing upwards.
Space them out by a few centimetres.
Once you’ve planted them all, cover them with compost and give them some water.
Place the pot in a reasonably sunny and sheltered spot of your garden, and wait for the shoots to show.
By the time spring comes around, you’ll be glad you remembered to get your bulbs down before the end of the year.