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Planting spring tulips

Tulips come in a rainbow of colours. That’s why they’re perfect to brighten up any space. Here’s how you can prepare amazing pots, ready for spring!

spring tulips

For this activity, you'll need:

  • Tulip bulbs
  • Soil
  • A pot with a drainage hole (porcelain or stone pots work best)
  • Trowel
  • Compost
spring tulips

Step 1: Choose your bulbs

  • You’ll find lots of different types of bulbs in the garden centre right now to choose from
  • Pick a variety of colours or your favourite colour
  • Store the bulbs in a cold, dark place until you’re ready to plant them

Step 2: Prepare your pot

  • Add some stones to the bottom of your pot to help the water drain
  • Fill half the pot with compost – bulbs should be planted 3 times deeper than their height

Step 3: Start planting

  • Spacing your bulbs is important – they should be 3-6 inches apart
  • Every bulb produces one flower, so you can tell how full your pot will be
  • If you want to add other bulbs you can – try snowdrops of daffodils


Step 4: Looking after them

  • Tulips like well-drained soil and a sunny spot
  • Squirrels and rabbits like to dig them up and eat them, so you can keep them covered with some netting
  • Depending on the types you have picked, most will flower sometime between March and June - the label will tell you when to expect your flowers

Tulips are a great gift to give during the holidays. Choose the colours based on who you are giving it to and what their favourites may be. They'll get a great surprise when they bloom in spring!

Don’t forget to share your spring blooms with us when they appear. We’d love to see how they turned out.

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