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Tulip "Nursery" ?

Hi there

I've just cleared out loads of tulip bulbs from the garden and separated them into "big" and "little" ... and what a difference it's made to the garden getting rid of the dead and half-dead stems image

I know the the "big" ones will plant out later and grow flowers again next year, but can, or should, I set aside an area of the garden to create a "nursery" bed for the "little" ones as I feel sure they will mature?

Thoughts, comments and advice welcome. 

Chiad Fhear


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,667

    I did this with small allium bulbs, a year later I got some nice blooms. Tulips need a good hot spell to ripen the bulbs. It may take two or three years to get them to flower again.

  • Thanks fidgetbones, I thought it would be possible and patience will be virtuous. By the way, what's a "good hot spell" image 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,667

    Tulips originally came from turkey, and they bake in the summer sun, up to 40 degrees. We dont get that here.  They would need your sunniest spot. As tulips are cheap, I use my sunniest spot for the sweetest sweetcorn ever.

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