Planting & Growing Flower Bulbs: How to Grow Tulips in Containers

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How to Grow Tulips in Containers – Personally, I believe tulips are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world!  It is my dream to some take a trip to Keukenjof in Holland to see endless fields of tulips.  They are such a graceful flower, and I love the depth of colors.

Tulips, are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Depending on the species, tulip plants can be as short as 4 inches or as high as 28 inches! Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, and are generally a cup-shaped flower that has three petals and three sepals. Tulip flowers come in a wide variety of beautiful colors!  You can pretty much find every color of the rainbow — and more!

How to Grow Tulips in Containers

This is a great video on how to achieve gorgeous tulip blooms, using a pot or other container.  I like the tips in this video because she shares that you can even grow your tulips indoors!

Tulip Bulbs

In colour and form tulip bulbs is the most astonishingly varied of all spring bulbs. If you pick your varieties well you’ll have a succession of flower for a full three months.
Planting & Growing Flower Bulbs: How to Grow Tulips in Containers
Early flowering varieties include dwarf hybrids such as Scarlet Baby which are perfect for window boxes. The taller types of tulip like Estelle Rijnveld will explode with colour in May.

If you want to establish tulips so they come back year after year you will need a good free draining soil and a sunny south facing position where they can enjoy the sun. Dig nutrient rich compost through the soil before starting to plant the bulbs. Tulips can grow in almost any sort of soil, but the bulb lift will be bigger if your soil is richer.

Plant the bulbs between October and December. Generally tulips should be planted 10-15cm deep depending on your soil type and 12-15cm apart. If you are looking at a compact display, you can plant bulbs closer together. The root side of the bulb is rounded, while the part that opens and sprouts is pointed.
Slugs are a common problem. They love tulips and if you find you have lots of foliage but no flowers the most likely cause is slugs. Invest in some good slug repellent.

The stem should be snipped or the blooms should be deadheaded after tulips have flowered, at the end of the season. But you should let the leaves die naturally. The bulb, at this time, absorbs nutrients it requires for growth the following year. After discoloration, you can remove the foliage to prevent ‘tulip fire’, which poisons the soil.