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18/09/2012 at 15:27

Ive bought some Orange Tulips and potted them up and put them somewhere safe. A friend said "oh no thats too early"


MMM im at a loss now as what to do now. Im not going to dig them out. Is the concern the temperature and if so what and why should i be thinking about with regards to Tulips. Other bulbs like Crocus i have also potted up with no wrong doing - i believe.

18/09/2012 at 15:35

All the advice is you can plant all spring flowering bulbs from now except tulips but can't remember why-they are best planted from November onwards-that bit I do know

There is a reason -someone will illuminate

18/09/2012 at 15:38

I thought that the only reason not to plant too early was to avoid the virus tulip fire but other than that I cannot see a problem

18/09/2012 at 15:49

I've read that daffs, crocus etc like to set their roots down earlier than tulips but don't know why either but I do remember planting tulips end of September when I knew next to nothing and getting a fine show from them.

Last year I found a carrier bag of tulip bulbs complete with compost that I'ld left outside by mistake . Planted them up and they flowered  well this year.

Think you can plant the early ones now , Kaufmann ???

18/09/2012 at 16:15
Thanks guys.
18/09/2012 at 16:16

Jean I would happily plant tulips now, just keep an eye out for any viruses.

18/09/2012 at 16:45

Kate is confirmed as right -it is to do with viruses and at what temperature they operate-so planting later when it is colder and the viruses less active is the reason

Strangely enough MD mentioned planting tulips late in last week's GW but did not give a reason


18/09/2012 at 17:56

Indeed daffs now and tulips very much later - the reason is that early planted bulbs get tulip virus which kills the plant and spoils the flowers.  Now they are in thery are best left alon,e but keep any others you have until well into November/December, I have even planted them in January and got spring flowers.  Daffs need the longer time to develop good roots. 

18/09/2012 at 18:46

I will let you know next spring if my Tulips bloom or not.

Thanks for all your advice.

20/09/2012 at 16:46

I live in Northern Ireland and always plant both my Tulips, Crocus and Daffs in September or October, I have done for years and years. Perhaps because our temperature is often a good deal lower than other parts of the UK I've never had Tulip fire or indeed any problems at all with my Tulip bulbs and flowers.

20/09/2012 at 17:51

Thank you ladygardener2 - its all trial and error.

20/09/2012 at 18:20
I have always planted tulips late but only because in early December my local garden centre sells them. Cheaply to akeboom for Xmas trees etc. however, CIA I'm sure your tulips will be fin. I bet they will be all the better,for longer growing period
20/09/2012 at 18:35

Christopher2 - wheres Christopher1 - are you the new improved version? lol

Thank - im sure they will dazzle me when they appear, and knock the birds off their


Why do they sell them now and not in November?

20/09/2012 at 19:01
Yes I am the new and improved my head of course. Well, that's just it......tulips are sold now with daffs, hyacinths, crocus, anemones, etc. I think there's too much over thinking these things. I plant late,too with daffs meaning they are then supposed not to flower but they always do. Relax and enjoy your tulips next pring cia
20/09/2012 at 19:04
......I'm in such a hurry on this forum that I then realise the spelling mistakes I make. I meant to say enjoy your tulips next SPRING cia
26/04/2013 at 20:15

After planting my orange Tulips back in October - I was concerned that i had potted them up a little too early.

Today i can proudly say that they are just the best. Im so pleased.

26/04/2013 at 20:17

That's great Cia. Mine are good as well and I feared I was a bit late

26/04/2013 at 20:42

It's great Cia, when things that you planted ages ago comes good

27/04/2013 at 11:11


Here they are. They have orange tips and a yellow bottom to them.

Thanks everyone for your comments - so kind.


27/04/2013 at 11:15

My camera dosnt do them justice - believe me they look good enough to eat.

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