Hi, I just saw that my tulips are already starting to flower even though they haven't grown to a 'full' plant size yet What could be wrong or is this normal?
Edd, yes, they are new bulbs, planted last October. It's just strange as the other lot that I planted in another planter, have not bloomed at all. And these plants are barely 4-6 inches tall with blooms.
Oh. I have some doing that I just thought they were short arse varieties! What were they like last year?
Hmm, they might be, just not sure...ermm, I bought and planted quite a few varieties last year but didn't note down what they were.
It could be weather related too. If they took a late frost after they had come up it could have stunted them somewhat.
They do look like stunted versions of large ones rather than small varieties don't they.
That soil looks very soggy, have they got enough drainage? They could be too wet.
Yes, they do have drainage but I may have over-watered them when there was no real need. My over-enthusiasm to get lots of color in the garden has meant itchy fingers and the need to just DO something every day. Perhaps I should've let them be...
Tulips in the garden don't need watering at this time of year
Mine are doing the same thing. I was thinking not enough water. I planted them in the same concrete planter outside as I did last year (new compost) but didn't water often and last year they were fine and tall but this year some are starting to flower at 4 inches tall. New bulbs. I thought maybe because it wasn't as wet this past winter as it was the winter before. I got the bulbs from a different place this year... J Parker rather than the local garden centre.
That picture looks very familiar - I think it's one of the Kaufmaniana tulips (sometimes known as the Waterlily tulip). Early flowering, very short stemmed, large blooms with long petals that open like a waterlily.
Don't worry, they're doing what they're supposed to do but stop watering them!