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Why it’s best to plant tulips late in the season

Tulip World Expression. Picture; Lubera
Tulip World Expression. Picture; Lubera

Don’t worry if you haven’t planted your bulbs yet…

Like most seasonal stock, shops get tulip bulbs in ridiculously early, often persuading the beginner gardener to get them in the ground far too soon.

In my experience, there is a very good reason to hold off until December – if the virus tulip fire is in your area, a spell of cold is needed to kill it off. I’ve even left bulbs until January and planted them in containers and they’ve been fine.

A good planting tip from Lubera is to plant colourful tulip bulbs along with fruit trees. In the spring, you’ll have twice the pleasure: patterned tulips extend the feeling of spring around the time that the fruit trees blossom and they form a cheerful underplanting.

Here are four of the best colourful varieties:

Tulip World Expression

  • Flower colour: Light yellow with red flames
  • Bulb size: 12/+
  • Planting depth in cm: 10
  • Spacing in cm: 10
  • Price: 10 bulbs per pack £5.90
Tulip Night Rider. Picture; Lubera
Tulip Night Rider. Picture; Lubera

Tulip Night Rider

  • Flower colour: Light purple with green
  • Bulb size: 12
  • Planting depth in cm: 10
  • Spacing in cm: 15
  • Price: 10 bulbs per pack £3.90
Tulip Princes Irene. Picture; Lubera
Tulip Princes Irene. Picture; Lubera

Tulip Prinses Irene

  • Flower colour: Orange, violet flamed
  • Bulb size: 11/+
  • Planting depth in cm: 10
  • Spacing in cm: 10
  • Price: 10 bulbs per pack £3.70
Tulip Red Alert. Picture; Lubera
Tulip Red Alert. Picture; Lubera

Tulip Red Alert

  • Flower colour: Red with yellow-green
  • Bulb size: 12/+
  • Planting depth in cm: 10
  • Spacing in cm: 10
  • Price: 10 bulbs per pack £3.20

You can see the tulip range by visiting www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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