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Tulip pot display


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.

How to do it


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.

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himalayanmusk 18/10/2013 at 15:48

Lovely ideas, layering tulips in a pot...but BEWARE OF SQUIRREL VANLADISM! I planted up lots of pots of tulips last year, but very soon after planting, squirrels set to work vandalising the bulbs. So, undeterred, I replanted more, taking precautions such as putting rocks on tops of the pots, and burying chicken wire under the top layer of compost. However, I only got to enjoy the emerging blooms for one day...the vandals were back. They had evidently breakfasted on succulent, fresh tulip heads, leaving me bare stalks to look at! So, I draped garden netting over the remaining pots. It didn't look too good! Not sure if I'm going to grow tulips again...
NB... - they don't seem to care for narcissi or other bulbs in the same way :-)

KEF 18/10/2013 at 16:04

Have taken note, will bring my tulip pots onto patio. Doubt they'll go there, probably too fat to come that far from wrecking feeder and scoffing. We do have some squirrel proof ones, not bought, they wreck them, H has improvised with old wire coat hangers/ tie wraps the extent that I can't get into them to top them up

nutcutlet 18/10/2013 at 17:30

I've had bare stalks and blamed the muntjac. If it was squirrels the muntjac deserves an apology. Do you think they ate the heads off the hellebores? I blamed the mutjac for that as well

Fairygirl 18/10/2013 at 17:33

I've never seen squirrels eating tulip heads - but rabbits do. Are you sure it was Tufty and his pals?