Tulips for an exposed site
I do usually treat tulips as annuals. However, for next season I have gone through a procedure which will hopefully produce strong flowers in the Spring. This method was explained to me a number of years ago by a gardening friend in Aberdeen. I am doing this with only two of the Tulip forms which were in the garden last Spring
Blooming in April/May, this late flowering double tulip is well worth trying to keep and not simply treat as an annual.
It grows to a height of only 35/40cm making it sturdy in more challenging areas. Very worthy of the RHS award of garden merit which it received.
Let’s talk about keeping our Tulips and having a good show in the following Spring. As you can see ours were grown in pots along with the late flowering Daffodil Pipit.
Preparing tulip bulbs for next season
1 – After your flowers have gone over, cut off the deadheads, leave the stems and foliage.
2 – Carefully remove tulips from the tub and replant them in any old plastic plant pot which you may have lying around in the shed. Using fresh compost is an expensive waste, I just use the compost from the tubs I have been emptying.
3 – Leave the pot outdoors and allow the foliage to die back completely. Give a liquid feed once only as all the bulbs requirements come from the natural process of dying back. Do not over water, in fact, keep on the dry side.
4 – Once the leaves have completely died back, cut the stem leaving about an inch, (it’s fine if the stem has come adrift). Place the bulbs in a seed tray and leave in a cool dry area, I put mine in the garage. When the bulbs are completely dry, give them a clean up with a soft brush, removing the remainder of any dead stem. Wrap your bulbs up in newspaper and leave them in the garage until its time to plant out in late September or October, either in the border or in a tub.
Finola is another grand looking double tulip. Short and sturdy and once again withstanding the gales we can get in this elevated position which our Fife garden provides.
Anyway, I have just planted the bulbs of Finola, they were looking every bit as strong as the new Tulip bulbs which I have just purchased and also planted up. I look forward to showing you them all next Spring.