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How to pick tulips


Overview

Sarah Raven demonstrates the most effective method for picking tulips from the garden to ensure the best display indoors, without inhibiting next year's growth.
Do it: May



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SunnyMe2011 24/11/2011 at 15:30

I just bought my first tulips and I've never heard of tulip fire.. layering in a pot...treating..spring window.. But I am wondering if my march blooms are going to last and when will they bloom next.

sterelitza 16/11/2014 at 07:19

I am amazed at the strength of tulips in the ground. For example, I had some very tall tulip bulbs which were planted in an area that was now going to become a path. I dug up the bulbs and planted them elsewhere, then laid a concrete path. Sometime the following year a tall red tulip had grown through the concrete and was in full bloom. How had it pushed its way through the concrete?

Fairygirl 16/11/2014 at 07:37

The bog standard yellow and red varieties are very determined. They can withstand all sorts of conditions that the more refined varieties can't. I have a couple of red ones that  have been trailed from house to house with me as I've moved. I don't have anywhere to put them yet and they're languishing in a small pot in a handful  of rubbish soil, yet they come up every year and laugh at me!