Tulip Flower orange

Some of the most widely grown ornamental bulbs in the UK are Tulip Bulbs. With fantastic flowers it is a popular bulb in gardens around the world and readily available for sale from online suppliers. Often associated with Holland these bulbs are originally from Turkey and Iran.

Tulips were taken to Amsterdam in the 1500s, where they were hybridised to become the popular flower they are today. Bulbs, potted plants and cut flowers are all available to buy both online and from retail outlets and florists.

Tulip Varieties

Tulip Flower Pink

Planting Tulips

The best time to plant tulips is in late autumn to early winter, the soil still has a little warmth and bulbs are in before the frosts. Remember a well drained position otherwise they may rot. And as for spacing, try around 7cm between bulbs, this gives a compact display as well as room for the bulbs to grow.

If you miss the planting window you can always buy some potted tulips and plant them out after flowering.

Care of tulip bulbs and growing notes

Generally speaking the tulip bulbs that we buy are fairly tough, a well drained soil lots of sun, plant about 15 - 20 cm deep, depending on bulb size. If you dig tulip bulbs and store them in a cool dry place after the foliage has died down they will last longer.

Tulips make excellent cut flowers ( a little sugar in the water will make blooms last longer). Chilling tulip bulbs for approx 7 weeks will ensure long flower stems. A soil rich in humus is best for tulip b ulbs, so dig in well rotted manure.

Tulip Flower Mauve

Digging Tulip Bulbs

Why do we need to dig Tulip bulbs each year and store them ? Tulips come from a climate of try hot summers and cold winters, if you have really good drainage maybe you can get away with leaving them in over summer, however flower size and quality tends to diminish. Chilling tulip bulbs for approx 7 weeks will ensure nice long flower stems.

Planting suggestions

Tulip Flower White

Tulips are available for sale from the following nurseries

9 Greengate Drive, Knaresborough, HG5 9EN
Tulipa - A wide range of dwarf growing tulipa in exciting colours which can flower from March to May. Suitable for pots, rockery or garden. Many are rare. Mail order spring bulb specialists.

BROADLEIGH GARDENS- Phone: 01823 286231 Fax:01823 323646
Bishops Hull Taunton TA4 1AE
Includes: Species Tulips, Lily Flowered Tulips and others. Mail order bulb specialists Tulips, Crocus, Narcissus, Iris, Colchicum, Lilium, Scilla and more.