Posted: 11/05/2016 at 07:51
Nanny - have you got some spare plastic pots you can transfer them into over the summer? Some good gritty compost and they should be fine for planting later in autumn.
They do tend to diminish over time, apart from the species and Apeldoorn ones. I don't expect them to last long in the climate up here, but I mainly have mine in raised beds in gritty soil or in containers, and I get a couple of years from them or maybe a third if I'm lucky.
If you have some nice pots you want to put other planting in, in subsequent years, put the tulips in plastic pots and then put those inside the nice ones so that you can lift them out easily to change things round. Makes life much easier!