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Tulip bulbs were instrumental in the creation of the Dutch flower industry and a huge part of our heritage. We are very passionate about growing tulips and always excited to see the vast array of flowers appear in spring.
Why Dutch Tulips?
The unique landscape and sandy soil allow perfect growing conditions for tulip bulbs. With centuries of innovation and investment, the techniques used by Dutch growers are unparalleled by using the land and waterways to naturally manage the bulb’s growing conditions.
Millions of tulips are grown every year without the use of pesticides or unnatural fertilisers.
Where to Start
With so many tulip varieties it’s hard to know where to begin. You can choose by colour, by flowering time or by shape.
Tulips are categorised into 14 different groups. Each group has a different flowering time, shape or unique characteristic. For example; lily flowering tulips have long and pointed petals and parrot tulips will have very curly and frilled petals.
If you want to extend your spring flowering display, choose a early flowering variety such as Fosteriana or Single Early tulips. Add to your basket some mid season tulips like Viridiflora tulips and finish with some Double Late tulips.
The largest group with the widest range is the Triumph tulip category. These are mid-season tulips with single flowers. It’s what you might call a classic tulip with a large and elegant cup shape.
Our collections are a great way to get a wide range of tulips for a great price.
How to Plant Tulip Bulbs
Planting tulips is straight forward. The bulb is a source of nutrients and helps protect the flower over winter.
- Plant the bulbs in Autumn, between September and December.
- Plant the tulip bulbs 12cm deep in well draining soil.
- Position in pots or beds in a sunny or semi shaded spot.
- Plant up to 70 bulbs to a square metre.
- Water sparingly over winter in prolonged dry spells.
- Water regularly once the foliage appears.
Here to help
If you have any questions get in touch. We can give advice on great colour combinations, how many bulbs you need and even landscape or trade enquiries.