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Tulips up close...Orange Emperor is the tallest one, The Red is 'Sarah Raven' and the small orange one is 'Ballerina'


Tulips up close...Orange Emperor is the tallest one, The Red is 'Sarah Raven' and the small orange one is 'Ballerina'



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Sarah Raven is sweet.

19 Apr, 2017

 

The tulips have done really well in their tubs here also. Can you advise if they should be left insitu or do I need to take them out and re-pot them next autumn. I am hoping they can stay in their tubs without lifting. Its such a pain having to lift bulbs and plants out and re-doing it all again, just me being lazy lol. Was thinking of leaving them and let them do their own thing they are in John Innes No 3 compost so was hoping they would be ok. but hate the thought that they might not come back they have been so beautiful. :O)

19 Apr, 2017

 

Well, strictly speaking they should be lifted and dried off once they have died back. But if you have somewhere dry to keep the pots over the summer, I think I would leave them and let them dry naturally and just keep them dry all summer and autumn, and then I should think they will be fine. But if you let them get wet outside you risk them not returning or returning blind next spring. Last year I chucked all mine as it was too much hassle, and I needed the pots for my tomatoes. I'm not over fond of Orange Emperor, but Sarah Raven is stunning, so I will keep her and Ballerina for next year, bit 'll have to lift mine...the tomatoes are getting too big for their little pots!

20 Apr, 2017

 

...and give them a feed with tomorite or liquid manure, now if you want to leave them in the compost. Then the bulns will be nice and fat by the time they are dried out. But keep them moist until the leaves are completely yellow and finished.

20 Apr, 2017

 

thanks for that Karen, good to know how best to do it. They are flowering really well at the moment so very pretty. By the way the Hosta I split (H. June) is now in three pots and growing really well. I am a happy bunny. Next year I will try another one (the big one that I grew from seed) and see if that can be duplicated as the seedlings were nothing like the parent. Thanks again for the information.

20 Apr, 2017

 

No problem...I hope you manage to find an easy solution. I have posted two young Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' off to you today x

20 Apr, 2017

 

thank you, I will keep an eye out for them. :O)

20 Apr, 2017

 

Lovely show

20 Apr, 2017

 

My OH takes ours ( the choice ones) out of the pots and stores them...... sorry Olive!! we leave some in the borders, and throws​ away the majority and buys new ...there are some​ very interesting videos on YouTube should you want more info....

20 Apr, 2017

 

thanks Dd. Will leave them in their pots this year and see how they fair. Will store them in the little unheated greenhouse with the dahlias, which have all survived in their pots. Just re-potted them (the dahlias) and they have all come back so we shall see if it works for the tulips.

20 Apr, 2017

 

Nothing ventured......

21 Apr, 2017

 

The tulips in my garden were here when we came 11yrs ago, I do nothing to them & they come up every year.

25 Apr, 2017

 

That is interesting GF. I'm guessing you have very well drained, sandy soil?

25 Apr, 2017

 

The majority are in a border that is ordinary soil not light or heavy but it is against a wall on one side at waist height.
There are others in the opposite north border which tends to be wet & soil has more clay in it.

26 Apr, 2017

 

Hmm...I planted a lot in the soil at my last garden and most of them came up blind. But we did have very heavy clay soil there.

26 Apr, 2017

 

I think if they are special ones I'd look after them in pots but otherwise leave them in the ground.

26 Apr, 2017



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