Well known for their spring displays, Tulips (Tulipa spp.) have large, beautifully formed, bell-shaped flowers that come in dazzling shades of cream, yellow, orange, pink, scarlet, red and deep maroon. These plants perform their best in cool climates however, new varieties are making it possible for them to adapt and grow in the temperate regions.


How to grow tulips in a garden

  1. Choose a well-drained spot in the garden that gets full sun.
  2. Enrich the soil with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food before planting.
  3. Plant bulbs directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of 12 cm. Cover with soil.
  4. Keep the soil nice and moist, ensuring not to overwater.
  5. When flower buds appear, feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  6. After the flowers and foliage die, lift the bulbs from the soil and store them in a cool dry place ready for the next season. 
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How to grow tulips in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets full sun.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Plant bulbs at a depth of 12 cm. Cover with soil.
  4. Keep the soil nice and moist, ensuring not to overwater.
  5. When flower buds appear, feed regularly during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  6. After the flowers and foliage die, lift the bulbs from the soil and store them in a cool dry place ready for the next season. 
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Growing tips

  • In the warmer climates, it is best to keep the bulbs in the fridge prior to planting. 
  • Make sure you store the bulbs in a paper bag after removing and keep in a cool dry place.
  • Grow tulips in clumps and surround with dwarf annuals such as alyssum, bellis or violas.

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Flax

Flax (Phormium spp.) are highly versatile plants which can grow well in swampy or dry conditions. Great for large pots or en-masse in garden beds.

English Daisy

English Daisy flowers come in single or double forms in colours of pink, red and white. Ideal in pots or in the garden as a border plant or en masse.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a hardy herbaceous perennial with large fragrant pink daisy-like flowers. Used for therapeutic purposes and as a delicious tea.

Virginian Stock

Bright pink, purple, and white blooms prolifically cover this flowering annual in spring and summer. They're easy to grow and are perfectly suited to garden beds, borders and pots.


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