How can you grow tulips in a small pot?
You might think you don’t have room for pots and pots of tulips as they take up a lot of room.
By small tulips I don’t mean short ones, I mean small dainty species tulips.
Not all tulip bulbs are apricot-sized. Some are the size of a grape.
or even a cashew nut
They are called species tulips and are perfect not only for small spaces but also for being perennial. Left in the ground they will multiply and flower for many years.
My species tulips are from bloms.co.uk
This pink and white one is called Peppermint Stick. Look at its slivers of leaves and pencil thin stems.
How to plant small tulips for pots
I cram 20 or more bulbs into a pot with a diameter of 20/25 cms.
I add lots of grit and put the pots in a hot sunny place. These below flowered in April and May. When they were over I emptied the pot and kept them dry in the shed till now when I replanted them.
So not all tulips look like these below.
In some years I’ve had a fantastic display of tulips, some better than others and you can see those in a previous blog here
Tulips for colour in pots and borders
So don’t think it’s too late to plant some late spring beauties – there are still bulbs available online and with some compost, some grit or sand for drainage and a pot or two there is still so much time to plant them up.
One of the joys of caring about a patch of garden is that we can always be thinking ahead if we want to. It’s not wishing your life to pass faster, it’s an opportunity to lift thoughts out of a dark dull day into a different season. It can be by pottering out there or sitting indoors reading a gardening book or catalogue.
Here’s to 2121 and a chance to create something nice.
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8 comments on "Small tulips for pots in the cottage garden style"
Lovely post, the species Tulips look beautiful. I planted tulips in pots today, then struggled to bend mesh wire to cover them, hopefully to keep them safe from the many squirrels which run rampant in our garden!
I spent the day doing the same!! Grappling with a huge roll of chicken wire trying to make my pot squirrel proof. What a battle! thanks for your comment Hazel.
Love these very cheering pictures – perfect for a gloomy December day
Thankyou Pal, xx
I have been wondering about tulips in pots for next year – you have convinced me to try.
Oh that’s great to hear Barbara. Frankly any tulips at all are such a joy in April and May. You won’t regret it. best wishes, Julie
I have already planted up 8 large pots of tulips and now I am definitely tempted to see what I can plant in my smaller pots. Thank you, beautiful pictures to inspire me!
That’s great to hear that you’ve been inspired to try some tiny tulips as well. I hope they do well for you, thanks for your comment, best wishes, Julie