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B3B3 Posts: 24,434

I have a large terracotta herb planter that I got from the dead trolley this year. It's a fat urn shape with a wide hole at the top and smaller holes round the sides

I was thinking of planting some shirley tulips in it.

Would it work or am I better sticking to crocus?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    Hi B3,

    What is the depth of the planter?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155

    Do you mean a strawberry planter B3 - with holes round the sides that the plants are meant to tumble out of?

    I don't think bulbs would work in one of those. Ordinary shape of containers needed for them. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    How would the tulips know to grow out the holes? Don't think that would work. You could try shallower planted bulbs like snowdrops in the holes.or plant pansies in the holes and tulips in he top.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Anenome Blanda may be possible in the holes.

    SW Scotland
  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    Crocus in the holes and tulips in the top.

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,434

    It's about 18 ins deep. I was wondering if tulips would cope with being planted horizontally. There would be plenty of soil but I was thinking that maybe I'd end up with a mess of leaves up the sides with stems searching for the vertical.

    From advice you've all given, it seems like  a bad idea.

    I'll have another think. Thanks chapsimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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