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How to pick tulips


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!