Plant the tulip (Tulipa) bulbs as soon as possible upon receipt, in the garden, or in a pretty planter or large window-box. Tulips grow best in loose, permeable soil in full sun or (part) shade (so almost anywhere). Plant each bulb in a hole that is three times as deep as the height of the bulb - a 5 cm bulb goes in a 15 cm hole. Planting distance for small bulbs is roughly 5-8 cm, larger bulbs should be 10-15 cm apart. Plant them individually with a small trowel or special bulb planter. Plant the bulbs with the point upwards.
Planting your bulbs in the garden
Choose your spot in the border, or create a new flowerbed. Loosen the soil well and plant the bulbs in groups of at least six bulbs, or divide about 25-50 bulbs evenly over the garden border - the more you plant, the better the effect of all the colour. Follow the instructions above, filling the hole after planting with more soil. Try not to walk over where you plant your bulbs. The wider the hole you dig, the more bulbs you should plant. Water immediately.
You might also want to try mixing various types of tulips together and just scattering them over the bed. Plant each bulb where it falls - gives a very natural look especially if you use different varieties in various colours, all with varying flowering times! Planted this way you will enjoy the flowers for longer.
60 Tulip Bulbs, 6 Varieties - BulbTulipa 'Candy Prince' + 'Banja Luka' + 'Flaming Flag' + 'Ronaldo' + 'Van Eijk' + 'Bakker's White'
60 TULIP BULBS - 60% OFF
A total of 60 tulip bulbs – guaranteed to give you a colourful spring. Suitable for planting in beds and borders, pots and planters. Colour up your patio or decking! Plant these now and you will have an explosion of colour in spring!Show more
This special mix of tulips by Bakker consists of:
This special mix of tulips by Bakker consists of:
- 10 x Van Eijk
- 10 x Flaming Flag
- 10 x Candy Prince
- 10 x Ronaldo
- 10 x Bakker’s White
- 10 x Banja Luka
Tulips in a potIf for any reason you cannot plant your bulbs when you receive them they need to be kept in a frost-free area. The low growing tulips (up to 20 cm) are suitable for planting in pots or window-boxes. The wind won't spoil them so easily. Taller varieties (so, higher than 20 cm) are better in a sheltered spot but of course can also be potted up.
Bulbs planted in pots are not usually frost resistant. Try lining the pot(s) with bubble wrap to give some extra frost protection, make sure the pot can still drain well. Use fresh potting compost and a layer of gravel or hydro-pellets on the bottom. Plant each bulb in a hole 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb - a 5 cm bulb should be planted in a 15 cm deep hole. The planting distance for tulips in a pot should be about 7 cm apart. Add some anemones above the tulips bulbs for a colourful addition around the base of your tulip flowers.
Show moreThe flowers of many tulips (Tulipa) are at their best the first year after planting. That’s why Bakker recommend each year adding new and extra bulbs to make your borders and pots even more colourful.
It's only the low growing tulips of up to 20 cm in height that can remain planted in the ground that will reappear to show off their lovely flowers every year. The remaining tulips need to be dug up once all the leaves have turned yellow, and allowed to dry out over the summer. If you plan on doing this, it's a good idea to feed them with bulb fertiliser a few times after flowering, so that the bulbs can reserve energy for the next season before you dig them up.
During the growing season water more often.
Tulips in the winterTulip bulbs that have not yet been planted in the garden are sensitive to frost but once planted out in the garden, they are perfectly hardy.
Tulips planted in pots are more sensitive and will need to be protected in one of the following ways:
- Store your potted tulips in a frost-free area that doesn't get too warm - they do need the cold.
- Wrap the pot(s) in bubble wrap for extra protection.
- If you line the inside of their pot(s) with bubble wrap before adding soil and planting your bulbs, your tulips will already have some protection.
Show moreSpecies tulips are available in various shapes, sizes and colours! Over the years, thousands of cultivars have been developed - which means there is a tulip available to suit everyone’s preference.
A short anthology... There are various tulip shapes - common tulips, doubles, lily flowering, parrot tulips, fringed, large flowering and also 'botanical' tulips. They all vary in length of stem - long stemmed are 40-60 cm, mid-length are 20-40 cm and the shortest stemmed tulips are up to 20 cm tall. Then there are multiple flowering tulips. Plus we have to take into account the varrying flowering times - earlies (mid-March) to lates (mid-May).
The mid-length and long stemmed (so, taller than 20 cm) varieties are particularly suited as cut flowers in a pretty vase.
All tulips are classified under Liliaceae.