Tulip flower bulbs

At Trowbridge Garden Centre, we have tulip flower bulbs that last and add colour to your garden even after spring. If you enjoyed your spring border to the fullest and you don't want it to be over, choose tulip flower bulbs that last longer in summer. Tulips left in the ground will sometimes re-flower, but more often they'll dwindle and disappear. You can replant your tulip flower bulbs by creating new combinations – but if you've got a really good display going, it's also possible to persuade the same tulips to come back next season. Want to know how?

How to make a tulip display that lasts

  • remove dead flowers and wait until the foliage turns yellow. this takes about six weeks after flowering.
  • dig up your bulbs, brush off excess soil and discard any which are diseased or damaged. Get rid of the damaged bulbs.
  • dry the bulbs under a cover for a couple of weeks – the greenhouse, barn or a conservatory is perfect for drying bulbs. 
  • store your bulbs in net bags or in a paper box. Put newspapers between the flower bulbs, so they're protected. Choose a well-ventilated place at room temperature (about 20ºC).

If you follow these steps and plant the tulip bulbs back in the soil in October, you will enjoy exactly the same display as this year. If you plant the tulip bulbs on the same site in the garden, you have to mix the soil with organic matter or compost first. Tulip bulbs need nutrition in the ground to establish and flower. If you decide to replace the tulip bulbs into another place in the garden, we also advise preparing the ground before planting the flower bulbs. This will encourage strong growth and beautiful flowers. 

Special tulips that last

In our garden centre, you'll also find special tulip species that will last longer and return year after year. Special tulip species are smaller, wilder-looking tulips which come back year after year so you won't need to lift them. By planting these special varieties, you will enjoy an extended flowering season and several years of tulip pleasure. Good ones to try are:

  • Tulipa turkestanica, appearing in early spring with up to nine flowers per spike. The white pointy petals have a yellow heart;
  • Tulipa greigii 'Red Riding Hood', grows up to 20cm high and produces beautiful red scarlet flowers in April;
  • Tulipa sprengeri, the last of the tulips to flower in late May, again with bright scarlet red petals that curl back.

Tulips that last - Trowbridge Garden Centre

Buy tulips that last at Trowbridge

We understand that you want to enjoy your tulip display as long as possible. If you plant specific tulip bulbs, your display lasts longer and the tulips will come back again. Combine tulips with other spring-flowering bulbs like crocuses, narcissus, and hyacinths. Add a splash of colour to your spring border with tulip bulbs from Trowbridge. Please ask the staff in our Trowbridge - Wiltshire garden centre for more information and advice about how to make your tulips last for years. Plan your route to our garden centre on our contact page. We look forward to welcoming you at the garden centre. 

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