Planting Tulips in Containers
Planting Perennial Tulips in Outdoor Containers
- Choosing a variety of tulip that will grow well in a container is easy! Most tulips will do well when grown in containers however the Double Late Flowering Tulips and Darwin Hybrids seem to do the best.
- Fill the containers with a good quality, well-drained soil. Just as when planted in the ground make sure the tulips do not sit wet. Adequate drainage holes are a must!
- When choosing a container keep in mind the bigger the container the heavier it will be to move. Also ceramic and clay containers will freeze and crack in cold climates, you may want to consider using plastic containers instead.
- Place containers in a location where they will receive a full day or at least a half day of sun.
- Tulips planted in containers can be planted as close together as you would like, as long as they are not touching each other or the sides of the container.
- Plant tulips with the “pointed side up” at a depth of 6-8”
- Thoroughly soak the container with water once all the bulbs have been planted. Roots will form in fall and then the bulb will sprout and bloom in spring.
- Tulips need a “cool period” just like many other fall planted bulbs; however they will not survive if frozen. Therefore, if you live in an area where winters are severe and the ground freezes, the container needs to be moved into a cool place that does not receive frost, such as a garage or cool basement. While bulbs in the ground will be fine since the ground is spread out over a larger area and not as “exposed”, the pot will freeze solid if left out in the elements. If the container is too large or heavy to move inside, bubble wrap or burlap can be used to protect the pot from freezing.
- As the weather begins to warm up, watch the pot for signs of tulip sprouts. Once the sprouts are seen, gradually move the pot to a sunnier location. If you left your pot outdoors and wrapped it for protection, remove this protection at this time.
- Enjoy these lovely flowers in your pot or plant them in the yard at this time.
- After the flowers have died, allow the foliage to yellow and die back. The leaves will continue to gather sunlight and make food for next year’s blooms.
- Once the foliage has yellowed and dried, the foliage may be removed by gently pulling it out of the soil. If the leaves do not easily pull away from the bulb, they are not ready to be removed.
- Your tulips are now dormant and ready to “rest” until next year!