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Plant tulips

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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.

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