CHOOSE TULIPS FOR A RE­PEAT SHOW

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Tulips have a rep­u­ta­tion for dis­ap­pear­ing with­out a trace. This is es­pe­cially true if you grow them in heavy clay soil that be­comes wa­ter­logged in win­ter. How­ever, some tulips are more re­li­ably peren­nial and will reap­pear spring af­ter spring, so use th­ese in the gorund and save the fussier ones for pots where you can treat them as fancy an­nu­als. Dar­win and Tri­umph tulips are most likely to reap­pear. Fos­te­ri­ana tulip ‘Puris­sima’ also blooms year af­ter year, and the smaller species tulips, Tulipa spren­geri, T. hu­milis and T. sylvestris are all long-lived and will slowly spread to form drifts of spring colour. To in­crease the chances of tulips flow­er­ing again, add grit to the plant­ing hole, es­pe­cially if you gar­den on clay. Plant hy­brid tulips 20cm (8in) deep and smaller species tulips 10cm (4in) deep. Re­move seed­heads af­ter flow­er­ing and al­low fo­liage to die back nat­u­rally un­til it has turned fully brown.

Tulipa hu­milis will come back spring af­ter spring

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