planted tulips now, is this OK?

I've spent the afternoon refreshing my pots, fresh bulb compost and some new tulip bulbs. was feeling really pleased with what I'd done until I saw the "what to do now" section.... it recommends buying tulips now but hold off planting until November!

I guess there won't be much harm done, unless they start trying to grown now. is there any other reason not to plant until November?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,064

    planting late is said to avoid a tulip disease or pest.

    I plant mine when it suits me. 

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Lady in local GC advised me (I had similar question but before planting), she said more of a problem if in the ground than in pots, and now should be ok (in pots). She said the trouble was if they put on too much growth early the new roots can get damp and rot before spring.

  • XX Posts: 707

    I don't plant mine till November, in pots, supposedly to avoid tulip viruses.

  • Many thanks for your advice, thankfully just 3 pots with tulips so I'll hold off doing any more until November and keep my fingers crossed we don't get too much rain!

    I suppose I could put the pots in the cellar for a couple of weeks to hold them back.


  • If you are planting them into new compost they should be fine

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    The problem with planting too early is the bulbs tend to grow now as the soil is still warm. The stalks are out all winter and that normally makes them come up blind - I am talking from experience. You really should lift them and leave them for another 6 weeks when it is cooler or you will have wasted the point of having flowering bulbs.

  • best to plant while the soil is warm.

  • thanks for the advice allimage

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493
    flowering rose wrote (see)

    best to plant while the soil is warm.

    That only applies to plants NOT bulbs - unless you want lots of blind bulbs?

  • Sara, I look up Anna Pavord's book for my bulb planting times and much more.  It is called "Bulb" and available in the library.  She advises what to plant them with, the best varieties, what to avoid and when they will flower for lots of kinds of bulb and the illustrations are great.  She has also written a book on Tulips alone.

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    I am talking from experience - the bulbs come up early if planted now (around Nov/Dec) esp if it stays mild. That means the stalks are out during the worst of winter in Jan-Mar which often kills the flowering bit and thus you only get leaves for that year. I had a look online and if you mulch early stalks then that might mitigate any problems over the worst of winter.


  • can I ask will this apply to all bulbs or just tulips


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Just Tulips, Most other bulbs benefit from being planted now, especially Daffs

  • Thank you Matt as it's raining I'm now going to plant some pot up with my Allium 


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I'm hoping to get some planting done later this afternoon when the rain clears. So much to do!

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