Tulip Bulbs (Tulipa)
There are few flowers in the world that can compete with Tulips for variety, vibrancy of colour and shape, and cut-flower magnificence that brightens up any home.
Why grow Tulips?
Tulips offer growers a great many advantages, with hundreds of colours, shapes, sizes and bloom times to choose from. Grown in vast clumps, Tulips produce carpets of colour, and can be planted in borders, beds or even lawn sections to bring early Summer through mid-Summer flowering displays. Tulips are fairly easy to grow, and will grow in part-sun or shade, and range in height from about 6 inches to 2 feet, making them ideal to add colour into mixed planting beds, or a deep display of their own.
What varieties of Tulip does Gee-Tee have?
Browse our extensive selection of tulip bulbs below, available in over 12 colours and variations. Tulips, or Tulipa, truly hold a special place in our hearts with a great long history of passion and innovation. Times continue to change and although the tulips fields of Lincolnshire aren't as common as they used to be, we are lucky to be able to stock approximately two hundred carefully selected Tulipa varieties, featuring every imaginable colour and shade, and flowering times ranging from early March through to mid-May.
If the choice seems overwhelming try our mixtures, all made on site with as many varieties possible to enjoy the great range available. Our cutting mixture is great value – 100 bulbs of early, late, single, double, classic and fancy flowering types. We are happy to discuss any of our tulip bulbs, whether you are in the trade or looking for an interesting purchase for your garden.
How to grow Tulips?
Tulips prefer sunnier spots with afternoon sun if possible, with well-drained slightly acidic or neutral soil. Taller varieties should be sheltered from strong winds to avoid stems breaking. Plant your Tulips in early Autumn, spacing your bulbs about 10cm apart, and planting the bulbs at a depth around 20cm. To prepare the area, dig trenches in random patterns and fertilize with a balanced compost or time-release bulb food.
Plant the bulbs pointy side up in large clumps for maximum effect, and water immediately after planting to trigger growth.
When the leaves emerge in Spring, feed your Tulips with the same bulb food you used when planting, and water well but ensure the soil is draining correctly.
Once your Tulips are blooming you can deadhead the flowers but do not remove the leaves, as these will ensure the bulbs are able to gather and store energy needed to bloom again the following year. Once the foliage has yellowed and died back, it can be removed.
It is best practice to remove the tulip bulbs from the ground once the foliage has died back. The bulb splits into many smaller bulbs at the end of the flowering cycle. They rarely produce good results the following year. Once lifted you can replant the larger bulbs and keep the smaller bulbs if you want to propagate them.