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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: 27,156

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

    I plant mine when it suits me. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    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

  • 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

  • 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?

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