Questions and Answers About Potted Tulips
Long-lasting potted tulips (and other bulbs such
daffodils, crocus and hyacinths) will last a lot longer if you follow
Buy potted tulips in as
young a stage as you can find with buds just
formed but not even fully emerged. Watching them grow and mature
provides weeks of enjoyment. The flowers are just the grand finale!
Tulipa 'Willem van Oranje' Plastic pot simply inserted into wicker basket
Two Options For Decorative Pots
Potted bulbs can be enjoyed in their plastic or terra cotta
pot, but if you want to make them look great, double-pot them.
means to insert the green plastic pot into a swanky designer pot. Fill
the empty edges with bark chips and mulch the top with bark chips (if
you have some lying around) to top off the display. Otherwise, wrap the
pot in an attractive foil wrap to hide the plastic.
Repot Them If Necessary
You can repot your potted bulbs
- no matter whether they are
daffodils, tulips or hyacinths.
To do this, gently
tap out the nursery
pot contents (keeping the bulbs and soil intact to avoid root
and repot in one of your own favorite containers.
The pot you choose
has to have a drainage hole and a saucer to collect the excess water
(no drainage hole means a shorter life for your swampy bulbs).
I note if you're double potting (much easier than
repotting) the nice
exterior pot doesn't have to have a drainage hole. You can
pour out any
excess water. Be aware that some types of clay
containers weep and if
placed on good furniture may leave water stains.
How Do I Make The Flowers Last Longer
The trick is to keep them cool (hot temperatures speed up the growth and flower cycle).
The second trick is to give them full sunlight (although this isn't strictly necessary).
The important one though is to water properly.
Soak and then do not water again until your finger comes away dry when you touch the soil.
Tulipa 'Pinocchio' Decorative sleeves over plastic pots
Other Common Questions
My tulip blooms have finished - how do I get them to bloom again?
You don't. They're a one and done. Sorry.
My tulip bulbs have finished blooming. How do I keep them until fall so I can plant them outdoors?
You plant them outdoors as soon as you can in the spring, after
all danger of frost in your region. Don't wait until fall. The odds of them blooming again are very poor but it never hurts to try.
My tulip flowers have gone brown - will they flower again?
Sorry, only one bloom per tulip per year
My potted tulip leaves are all brown and withering - what can I do?
It's likely you're over or underwatering. Compost them.
I live in the South - How Do I Get Tulips to Bloom?
You use pre-chilled bulbs and you treat them as annuals.
I live in the South and I want to plant my tulips outside and get them to bloom outdoors.
You can chill those bulbs (14-16 weeks of soil
temperatures of 40F) and then plant outside for a single season of bloom. Tulips are not
I divided my pot of tulips and the flowers all died - what do I do now?
I'm a begining gardener, I don't understand the instructions.
Here's the deal (the real deal). If you're a seriously
beginner gardener, then let me suggest you enjoy the flowers. Enjoy the
potted tulips as a harbinger of spring. Soak up those colors.
But then, toss them out when they're finished.
seen, getting them to rebloom is a tricky thing and most gardeners
don't bother. Compost the pot and plant and pick up another pot
next year. Enjoy the blooms - recycle the pot and soil and
you're good. Guilt-free. Put them in the garden or
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