Spring is finally here, and (along with the daffodils of course) you are likely to see lots of tulips around now. With many varieties to choose from and large, bold flowers that pretty much look after themselves, it’s not surprising they are so popular.


Plant bulbs in the autumn, October or November are perfect. Make sure they are twice the bulb’s width apart and twice the depth of the bulbs height. Scatter them to ensure a non-uniform appearance in the bed. They are best in a fertile, well-drained soil with exposure to the sun, but protection from the wind and they do not like wet conditions.


The hardest part of caring for Tulips is getting them to flower next year without planting new ones. To give them the best chance, dead head them as soon as the flower petals have fallen off, or cut the stem above the leaves. This means they don’t waste their energy on creating new seeds. Next year’s flower actually grows inside the bulb this year, so it’s important not to interfere with the foliage and let it die off naturally. You may wish to grow other plants between the bulbs after they’ve died to mask the dying foliage and stop the border looking bare.

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