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I too have had a disappointing tulip incident. The 300 'Queen of the Nights' I've been very excited about in a very large galvanised tub - have started to flower. They are in fact a nasty mix of all sorts of reds and oranges - not part of the scheme at all. Some big some small, some weedy. Lesson learnt - only go to suppliers you trust!
Shame that your Tulips are not what you wished to purchase. To be honest, I've bought from various suppliers, that I do, in general, trust, and had problems. I've had various packs of bulbs and plants, that turned out be NOT what I'd ordered, or NOT what was printed on the packaging, or within the catalogue. On each occasion, I have called the supplier, explained the situation, and they have either replaced, with the correct goods, or refunded my money. So even our 'trusted' suppliers make mistakes.
I planted my tulips in troughs this year, and they have been spectacular (sorry to rub it in). The only disappointment was that the deep burnt-orange ones were a bit more peachy. I had intended a full colour clash with strong purple and deep red, but it didn't quite go to plan. But I'll try again next year.
btw am I the only one who doesn't see the point of yellow tulips? After all the yellow daffs, I want something different - and love the strong colour splash that tulips can offer. Yellow tulips just seem - well, a bit of the same colour palette, and a bit boring as a result.
And, since I have problems getting them to flower a 2nd year, I may never know what I've missed. Pooh!
I never forget to water them so must be another reason for mine.............I planted 12 of the exact same variety in one pot, can't remember the name,they were a very beautiful, striking, dark purple. They have all come through now however 4 of them have turned a lovely yellowy/creme colour and these cream ones are half the size of the purple ones??????? Any ideas why this might have happened
In previous years I have had lots of glorious tulips in pots, lovely colours, doing well - is this because of a change in compost? I do wonder when I look at what comes out of bags this year, maybe last years bulb stuff was not good? The mix to get a few but have always left enough for a good show, but not this year - or come to that, last year either.
I bought most of my tulips in the sale in January(100 bulbs for a tenner), they are going great guns. I planted all of them in pots. They have had very little water and I was worried that they would all be stunted but not so.
I was going to throw caution to the wind and go tuplip mad this autumn but these stories of loss are making me think twice.
I had good success in (a few) pots last year (dry winter, wrm dry spring) but this year they've not been so good (wet winter, warm dry early spring) - though the colours stayed true. I'm going to plant them in the borders this year after a good feed and hope for the best