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Tulips plant after frost?

GrajeanGrajean Posts: 403
We had a good frost here today and I still have tulips to plant, is it ok to plant in frosted ground or play safe and put into pots?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,836
    As long as you can dig the soil, it's okay to plant tulips now. They need a period of cold weather in order to flower better next year. Anytime up to Xmas is okay.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • not sure if the cold helps them flower better but planting once the cold has arrived and settled in certainly helps lessen any chance of the fungal "tulip fire" as the fungus is suppressed by cold.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366
    I wouldn't plant into frosted ground - it's asking for problems, as it is with any other plant/shrub, but once the ground is workable again, they will be fine. 

    Alternatively, plant in pots and then put in ground later. It's better than them sitting around getting dried out, especially if the ground stays frosted for more than a few days . 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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