Advantages A beautiful Spring bloom
As we head into the Spring months it is good to realise that we have the beauty of the spring bulbs to look forward to. Many of the supermarkets and florists have potted bulbs on sale already which are fairly inexpensive.
Tulips have to be a favourite with many, there are so many varieties which offer a wonderfully attractive display of colour.
Last year I planted some dwarf tulips in pots and although I had a good colourful show I have chosen to revert back to filling my tubs with the normal bulbs which provide stems at around 15 inches high.
I enjoy to see pots of colour arrive start to bloom in Spring, my first choice would be to pot up some `fringed tulips`. Such a pretty bloom that tends to flower towards the latter part of Spring.
If you want to buy Fringed tulip bulbs you may well have to turn to the Internet to source them, many Garden centres will only stock two or three varieties.
When the summer bedding plants have well and truly bit the dust then it is time to empty out the tubs and start to plan for the next showing.
It can be satisfying and exciting to fill tubs with mixed tulip bulbs and wait for the outcome.
You will need to use a good quality multi-purpose compost or bulb fibre if you prefer. Go off the the local garden centre and pick your bulbs, don't be tempted to stint, tulip pots look their best when they have been well filled.
Before you fill your pots with compost put them into a sheltered position, maybe beside a wall or a fence or by the side of the garden shed.
Always choose pots that have plenty of drain holes, or make a few more in the bottom of the pot yourself. Add some pieces of broken pot to the bottom of the tub and then add the compost until you have about six inches to spare from the top, place the bulbs on the top of the compost. I make sure the bulbs don't touch each other but I do put a lot of bulbs into each pot to create a good display. When you have arranged the bulbs then cover them with compost and then let nature take over, only giving them a drop of water as the start to shoot to encourage good long stem growth, tulips bulbs are prone to dry out and this will thwart thier attempt to grow. Tulip bulbs can be planted as late as Christmas and still give you a good show for the Spring.
I always think that when they start to bloom they stand proudly in their pots and announce that Spring has come.
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