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Hello all, can anybody help?! I planted Tulip clusiana last November into a container, the last couple of weeks they began to appear and looked fantastic when they flowered but this was short lived. They rapidly declined, the flower stems began to lose all stability and quickly arched over and eventually turned soft and mushy at the bend. I can’t think of any reason for this, I have never grown this tulip before but all my other tulips are great. Any ideas? 



  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,180
    @adamscott91 Welcome to the forum. Not sure but could it be the unusually warm temperatures. This tulip can cope with some shade. 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 1,022
    They need lots of water in pots, especially if they're in a sunny or windy position.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,425
    edited 21 April
    We have T. clusiana 'Peppermint Stick' ... they've been in the same container for a couple of years now ... they don't seem have quite such tall flower stems as yours.  They're well past their best now, but I'll post a photo and see what you think about the stem length ...


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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,077
    I've had this problem with the smaller tulips this year. Very well watered and they are happily flowering, but stems are lying on the ground.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,180
    @Fire Do you think this could be something to do with the fact they are species tulips?
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,077
    They are not species - they are Tinka, Peppermint Stick and a few others, planted out in beds last year.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,290
    No, I have several Species Tulips and they stand up fine. Sorry I have no idea what the cause is, although I have seen similar after frost.
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,077
    Yes, it might have been a combination of frost and then hot sun or some such. Hellebores can get that, but they seem to recover ok from the limpness. We haven't had temps much below zero all winter.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,312
    I grow that one and they're no problem, but I have other planting around them for support. I don't find frosts affect them, but they might be a bit dry. Any tulip, even the species ones, can struggle a bit in a pot, if that's the case.   :)
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  • Thanks everyone. We haven’t had many nights below zero since they have flowered and I would assume with under watering that you would see slight drooping first, not an immediate decline, so I am puzzled. They will be planted into the ground once they die back so hopefully things change next year. 
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