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Tulips bulbs offer the opportunity to provide a colour theme for your spring garden. Planted in pots or among border plants, they make a vibrant addition to your early-flowering display. Choose a mixture of early, mid or late season performers to spread the flowering season. November is the best time to plant tulips as the frosts will have reduced the risk of tulip diseases that persist in the soil. The roots develop in the coldest months so after planting, water well and then leave them to the elements.
1 MIX some multi-purpose compost with an equal amount of loam-based John Innes No.2. Measure three times the height of the tulip bulbs down from the top of the pot and add compost to that level.
2 ARRANGE the tulip bulbs on the firmed compost. Make sure they are not touching and if you are using several different colours, it looks better if you plan where they are placed.
3 FILL to the top with compost, taking care not to knock the bulbs over as you pour the compost around them. Firm the surface, then put the pot in its flowering position before watering.