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sthlndngrower

I've spent the afternoon refreshing my pots, fresh bulb compost and some new tulip bulbs. was feeling really pleased with what I'd done until I saw the "what to do now" section.... it recommends buying tulips now but hold off planting until November!

I guess there won't be much harm done, unless they start trying to grown now. is there any other reason not to plant until November?

 

nutcutlet

planting late is said to avoid a tulip disease or pest.

I plant mine when it suits me. 

MrsGarden

Lady in local GC advised me (I had similar question but before planting), she said more of a problem if in the ground than in pots, and now should be ok (in pots). She said the trouble was if they put on too much growth early the new roots can get damp and rot before spring.

 X

I don't plant mine till November, in pots, supposedly to avoid tulip viruses.

sthlndngrower

Many thanks for your advice, thankfully just 3 pots with tulips so I'll hold off doing any more until November and keep my fingers crossed we don't get too much rain!

I suppose I could put the pots in the cellar for a couple of weeks to hold them back.

 

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Fleurisa

If you are planting them into new compost they should be fine

Atilla

The problem with planting too early is the bulbs tend to grow now as the soil is still warm. The stalks are out all winter and that normally makes them come up blind - I am talking from experience. You really should lift them and leave them for another 6 weeks when it is cooler or you will have wasted the point of having flowering bulbs.

Atilla
flowering rose wrote (see)

best to plant while the soil is warm.

That only applies to plants NOT bulbs - unless you want lots of blind bulbs?

Always plant out tulips late.  I would hold off until early November. Cold soil is not a problem I think.  

Sara, I'm sure your tulips will be fine despite what's been said.  Leave them now  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

happymarion

Sara, I look up Anna Pavord's book for my bulb planting times and much more.  It is called "Bulb" and available in the library.  She advises what to plant them with, the best varieties, what to avoid and when they will flower for lots of kinds of bulb and the illustrations are great.  She has also written a book on Tulips alone.

Atilla

I am talking from experience - the bulbs come up early if planted now (around Nov/Dec) esp if it stays mild. That means the stalks are out during the worst of winter in Jan-Mar which often kills the flowering bit and thus you only get leaves for that year. I had a look online and if you mulch early stalks then that might mitigate any problems over the worst of winter.

http://www.tulipworld.com/help/flower-bulb-help.html

 

CluelessGardener

can I ask will this apply to all bulbs or just tulips

James

Elusive

Just Tulips, Most other bulbs benefit from being planted now, especially Daffs

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CluelessGardener

Thank you Matt as it's raining I'm now going to plant some pot up with my Allium 

James

Elusive

I'm hoping to get some planting done later this afternoon when the rain clears. So much to do!

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