Spring flowering bulb purple and pink tulips (Tulipa)

Tulip pot display

Do it:


Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Mar, Apr, May

Autumn is the ideal time to plant tulip bulbs. They're container-friendly and planting in a pot will give a beautiful display wherever you want it.

You will need

A large container

A layer of gravel

Multi-purpose, peat-free potting compost

Tulip bulbs


Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of a large container to provide drainage. Add multi-purpose or peat-free potting compost, filling the pot to 20cm below the rim.

Firm the compost down and place the tulip bulbs about 5-7cm apart, with their tips pointing up.

Cover with more compost, filling the pot to within 5cm of the rim. Firm it down between the bulbs as you go.

Water thoroughly to soak the compost. Stand the container in a sheltered position over autumn and winter, ensuring the compost stays moist but does not freeze during cold spells. Move the container into the sun in spring to enjoy flowers during April and May.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Squirrels and other garden wildlife often dig up potted bulbs – prevent this from happening by covering the compost with chicken wire. It won’t look very nice, but it doesn’t matter if the pots are out of sight while you’re waiting for them to bloom.

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